A convicted felon who robbed two convenience stores in Moreno Valley, using a shotgun to threaten clerks, was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in state prison.
Francisco Javier Martinez, 32, pleaded guilty on Aug. 21 to two counts of armed robbery and a sentence-enhancing gun use allegation. No charges were dropped by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office under the plea agreement.
Superior Court Judge David Gunn certified the terms of the bargain and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Marcuse, Martinez committed the robberies on Moreno Beach Drive in late January, targeting a 7-Eleven store and an am/pm minimart on the same block.
“The suspect entered these establishments armed with a shotgun and demanded money,” Marcuse said.
The clerks handed over undisclosed amounts, and the bandit fled as deputies were called, Marcuse said.
No one was injured during the robberies.
Detectives spent weeks gathering evidence that linked the parolee to the crimes and ultimately obtained a warrant for his arrest, according to Marcuse.
Martinez was taken into custody without incident near the intersection of Frederick Street and Sunnymead Boulevard in Moreno Valley on March 27.
Martinez has prior convictions for burglary, operating a vehicle chop shop and vandalism, according to court records.