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Attempted carjacking in Sacramento earns ex-convict a return to prison

A man characterized by prosecutors as a career criminal is headed back to prison.

Robert Steward, 37, was convicted in August of attempted carjacking. He committed the crime April 17, three days after he was released from a Bakersfield prison.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge David Abbott on Friday sentenced Steward to 15 years in prison, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

When Steward arrived in Sacramento on April 17, he went to his mother’s residence, but discovered she had moved. He walked down the street and approached a parked car. A woman and her 13-year-old son were inside the vehicle, with the driver’s side window open.

Steward punched the woman in the face, forced her out of the car and threw her into the street, authorities said. But when he got into the car, the keys were not in the ignition.

One of the woman’s family members rushed outside and fought off Steward. Steward left, but dropped some paperwork he had been carrying, which contained his name.

The victim’s son later identified Steward as the would-be carjacker.

This is Steward’s second strike conviction. According to the District Attorney’s Office, his criminal history includes assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy