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Man described as career criminal faces rest of life in prison for store robbery

A 63-year-old man convicted of robbing a south Sacramento County cigarette store faces the rest of his life in prison.

Samuel Culverson, described by prosecutors as a career criminal, was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin McCormick to 30 years plus 25 years to life in prison. A jury in December convicted Culverson 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.

On May 25, 2015, Culverson entered Discount Cigarettes on Gerber Road and asked to purchase cigarettes. While the clerk was distracted, Culverson went around the counter and pointed a gun at him. He then forced the clerk to open the cash register and to lie face down on the floor.

Culverson took approximately $700 from the register and threatened to shoot another employee as he fled, authorities said. Law enforcement officers, using surveillance video, were able to find and arrest Culverson two days later.

Culverson is a “three striker” under California’s “three-strikes” law. His previous convictions include second-degree murder, robbery with use of a deadly weapon and attempted robbery in Nevada, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy