Sacto 9-1-1
January 16, 2013
Man sentenced to prison for 2012 carjacking, robbery

A man convicted of carjacking and robbery has been sentenced to 35 years and eight months in prison.

Dante Perkins, 21, was convicted by a jury in November of two counts of carjacking, robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The jury also found true that Perkins possessed and used a firearm in committing the crimes, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Goodman.

On Feb. 20, 2012, a young mother and her 1-year-old child were sitting in front of a store. The father had gone inside to purchase an item and left the keys in the ignition while the two waited for him.

When the father returned to the car, Perkins ran up to him, pulled out a gun and stuck it in the man's chest, demanding that he step away from the vehicle.

The father ran back into the store for help.

Perkins then entered the car, pointed the gun in the mother's chest and threatened her, officials said. The mother got out of the car, opened the back passenger door and removed her child from the car seat.

As soon and the mother and child were clear of the passenger door, Perkins drove off in the vehicle.

During the carjacking, Perkins robbed the father of his cell phone. Authorities said Perkins later sold the car to an unsuspecting buyer in Stockton.

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