Conviction for home-invasion robbery was a third strike for Christopher Kelly Wells, earning him a sentence of 76 years to life plus 40 years in prison.
A Sacramento County jury in February convicted Wells of home-invasion robbery and personally using a firearm, an additional robbery and assault with a firearm on a third victim. He was sentenced today by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Delbert Oros, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.
Wells’ co-defendant, Elisha Simpson, 36, was convicted of home-invasion- robbery with an accomplice armed with a gun and another robbery. He was sentenced by Judge Oros to six years in prison.
The first victim was an acquaintance of Wells and Simpson. On May 20, 2013, Simpson drove the victim to his apartment, where Wells was waiting inside. When the victim walked into his apartment, Wells forced him to the floor at gunpoint with the victim’s own loaded 9mm handgun, authorities said.
Simpson entered the apartment and duct-taped the victim’s hands behind his back. Wells and Simpson then ransacked the apartment and took approximately a dozen guns, a computer and collectible coins before leaving through a bedroom window.
On June 1, 2013, Simpson attempted to steal a cart full of merchandise from an Antelope Walmart store. When the loss-prevention officer confronted Simpson in the parking lot, Wells intervened and told the officer to back off, gesturing toward his waistband as if he had a gun, authorities said. Wells and Simpson then fled.
The following day, June 2, the two men went to a residence in Antelope where they had previously stayed until they were no longer welcome. When a resident of the home told them to leave, Wells pulled a handgun from his waistband, pressed it against the victim’s stomach and threatened to kill him, authorities said. Wells and Simpson left when someone in the home said they were calling the police.
Wells has a long criminal history dating back more than two decades, including two prior strike convictions, according to the District Attorney’s Office, resulting in his sentencing under California’s Three Strikes Law.