Sacto 9-1-1
February 3, 2012
Man sentenced to 30 years for carjacking Sacramento taxi driver

A man accused of carjacking a taxicab driver in 2010 was sentenced today to 30 years in state prison after pleading no contest to the charges.

Darnell Pruitt, 44, was sentenced by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Jack Sapunor. The sentence was based on a plea agreement and prior strike history, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

On the morning of Sept. 19, 2010, cab driver Gurdev Chahal picked up Pruitt at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Sacramento. Pruitt told Chahal he needed a ride to south Sacramento. Pruitt then directed him to drive to the end of an alley off Riverside Boulevard, where he violently grabbed Chahal by the face and demanded money, officials said.

Chahal gave Pruitt his money, then fled from the taxi and ran to a nearby residence to call 911. Pruitt drove away in the cab but was arrested minutes later by Sacramento police.

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