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Jacksonville man sentenced to 20 years for string of robberies

JACKSONVILLE, October 7, 2013—A Jacksonville man has been convicted in Federal Court and sentenced to 20 years of federal confinement for a string of robberies in the Jacksonville area.

A week ago, a Federal Court convicted 26 year-old Kendall Deshun Lucas of Jacksonville, to 20 years of federal confinement with an additional 3 years of supervised release.

According to Jacksonville Police Chief Reece Daniel, Lucas was convicted of several robberies which include CJ’s Quick Stop, and two robberies in the same day at JJ’s Food Store.

Lucas’ case was “part and parcel” of Jacksonville’s Safe Streets Task Force, said Chief Daniel.

“Over the past two years, we’re approaching 50 career criminals that we’ve taken off the street and that we’re prosecuting through Federal Court,” Chief Daniel stated. “It’s been extremely successful at getting rid of these armed robbery crews, these gun dealers, drug dealers – things of that nature. It’s just been much better than I would have even expected.”

“This two-year cooperation that we’ve had – and I hope it goes on forever – has been nothing but positive for our city”said Chief Daniel.

Chief Daniel says Lucas was no stranger to crime. “He’s someone we know well,” he said. He also said he believed the punishment fit the crime. “I would have loved to have seen 50 years, but I was very happy with 20.”

Chief Daniel says normally in the Federal System, prisoners will serve at least 17 years of their 20-year sentence.

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Chief Daniel about the case and the conviction. Click below for more.

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