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Man described as career criminal convicted in cigarette store robbery

A 63-year-old man described by prosecutors as a career criminal has been convicted in the robbery of a south Sacramento County cigarette store.

A jury on Dec. 22 found Samuel Culverson guilty of robbery and also found that he used a firearm in commission of the crime, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Culverson entered Discount Cigarettes on Gerber Road on May 25 and asked to purchase cigarettes. While the clerk was distracted, Culverson went around the counter and pointed a gun at him, authorities said. Culverson forced the victim to open the register and lie face-down on the floor. He then took approximately $700 from the register and threatened to shoot another employee as he fled, authorities said.

Using surveillance video, law enforcement officers were able to find and arrest Culverson.

Culverson is a “three striker,” with prior convictions for second-degree murder, robbery with use of a deadly weapon and attempted robbery from the state of Nevada, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

He is to be sentenced Jan. 22 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin McCormick.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy