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Sacramento County robbery spree earns career criminal life in prison

A man with a history of burglary and robbery convictions has been sentenced to more than 967 years in prison.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Raoul Thorbourne on Tuesday sentenced Gregory Aaron Gadlin to 530 years to life in prison, plus 437 years and four months in prison under California’s Three Strikes Law, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

A jury in December convicted Gadlin of 16 counts of robbery, being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of ammunition. The jury also found true three allegations that he had personally used a gun.

From May through July 2013, Gadlin engaged in a robbery spree, primarily targeting convenience stores and gas stations. Authorities said he typically displayed a handgun, and robbed employees of money and personal belongings.

During one robbery, Gadlin fired at a clerk and missed. Three days later, in another robbery, Gadlin shot a store clerk in the torso and hand, authorities said.

Gadlin was arrested by a security officer with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department who spotted Gadlin’s car in the parking lot of the Department of Human Assistance.

Prosecutors said Gadlin was previously convicted of three strike offenses, two first-degree burglaries and a robbery in which he used a firearm. Gadlin was on parole for that robbery when the 2013 offenses occurred.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.