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TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
 
 

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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY<h3>NEWS RELEASE</h3>TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY<h3>NEWS RELEASE</h3>TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 17HF0430    

Date: October 18, 2017

MAN FOUND GUILTY BY JURY OF ROBBING SEVERAL MARIJUANA DEALERS AT GUNPOINT DURING LARGE SCALE DRUG DEALS AT NEWPORT COAST RESORT

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was found guilty by a jury today of robbing several marijuana dealers at gunpoint during two large scale drug deals at a resort in Newport Coast.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Thomas Lamarr Prince, 40, Anaheim

Found guilty by a jury today of the following felony counts:

 

  • (4) Robbery

 

Sentencing Enhancements

  • Prior conviction for robbery in Los Angeles in 2015

25 years state prison

 

Sentencing

 

Dec. 15, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

 

Department C-28, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Feb.18, 2017, and March 21, 2017, Prince met victims in a parking lot in Newport Coast to purchase large quantities of marijuana worth over $100,000.
  • On each occasion, the defendant drove the victims to a nearby resort to conduct the illegal exchange inside a private hotel villa.
  • Once inside the room, Prince robbed the victims at gunpoint and stole 60 pounds of marijuana and 90 pounds of marijuana, respectively, as well as the victims’ personal belongings.
  • The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) investigated this case after robbery victim John Doe’s family member reported him missing on Feb 18, 2017.
  • Two of John Doe’s associates, Steele Burnside and Nicholas Hernandez, are accused of holding the victim hostage in exchange for the $130,000 estimated value of the marijuana lost as a result of the robbery (Case # 17HF0244). They were arrested by NBPD on Feb 20, 2017.
  • NBPD identified Prince as the robbery suspect following the kidnapping investigation and arrested the defendant on March 29, 2017

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos, Special Prosecutions Unit

 



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