A 27-year-old transient pleaded guilty Wednesday and was immediately sentenced to nearly six years in prison for robbing or attempting to rob three gas stations at gunpoint in Orange, Irvine and Fountain Valley in December 2017.

Remigio Uriostegui-Zacarias pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree robbery and two counts of attempted second-degree robbery, all felonies. As part of the plea deal, an assault with a semiautomatic firearm count was dismissed, along with sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a firearm and inflicting great bodily injury on a victim.

The defendant, who has been in custody since July 1, 2018, attempted to rob a 76 gas station at 684 S. Glassell St. in Orange on Dec. 11, 2017. In that stickup, he got into a scuffle with a clerk, who chased after the suspect with a large piece of wood, according to Sgt. Phil McMullin of the Orange Police Department.

Uriostegui-Zacarias also robbed a gas station in Fountain Valley on the same day, as well as a station in Irvine the previous day, according to court records.

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