July 31, 2012 – Office of the District Attorney
MADERA – A Madera County Superior Court jury today convicted Gregory Garcia of armed robbery, a violent felony, together with a special allegation for the use of a firearm, and another felony for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Madera County District Attorney Michael R. Keitz.On Aug. 23, 2011, Garcia, 54, of Madera, walked into a convenience store in Madera, pointed a gun at the store clerk and demanded money. When the victim did not act quickly enough in giving him the money,
Garcia also pointed the gun at the clerk’s 7-month–old infant daughter, threatening to shoot her. The clerk handed Garcia some money and he ran out of the store. Garcia was arrested the following day by the Madera County Sheriff’s officers.
Because Assistant District Attorney Miguel Valdovinos introduced evidence that Garcia used a gun in the commission of the robbery, Garcia faces, under the “Use a Gun and You are Done” statute, a sentence of 10 years, in addition to five years for the robbery conviction and a separate five years for having been previously committed to state prison on five separate occasions.
Garcia faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 11, in Madera Superior Court.