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Two Men Sentenced For Series of Armed Robberies

A Concord man and Hayward man were convicted for a series of armed robberies that occurred in Alameda and Santa Clara counties two years ago.

Two men have been convicted as for several armed robberies that occurred throughout Alameda and Santa Clara counties in late 2010, authorities announced Wednesday.

According to Fremont police, Bryan Brownwhite, 25, of Concord, and Paul Espino, 26, of Hayward, have been sentenced to prison for taking part in a series of 10 robberies of convenience stores in Fremont, Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara, Hayward and Oakland.

In each robbery, a suspect would enter the store, demand cash by pointing a handgun at the store’s clerk and fleeing, according to a press release. All robberies took place during the week of Sept. 4, 2010 between 4:10 a.m. and 5:50 a.m., Fremont police said.

Authorities said through a joint investigation by police department robbery units in Fremont, Oakland, San Jose and Milpitas, officers were able to determine that Brownwhite was the armed suspect, while Espino acted as the get-away driver in the series of robberies.

The pair was arrested on Sept. 16. Both entered pleas on Oct. 1.

Espino pleaded no contest and was sentenced to one year in prison in connection to the robbery series and two years in prison for a separate series of robberies that occurred in San Mateo County.

Brownwhite pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to five years in prison for the Alameda County robberies. He was also sentenced to six years in prison for the robberies in Santa Clara County.

Ken Kellogg October 15, 2012 at 02:44 PM
New Federal Guidelines: First offence (if minor and no gun involved) the usual slap in the wrist. Second offence: Cut off their trigger finger. Third offence: Cut off their hand. I predict very few will attempt a fourth offence
Ken Briggs October 15, 2012 at 02:56 PM
this is the 2nd one today on this case . George , Is sheriff Joe still around ? that would be good make them wear pink . But here why do us tax tax payers got to house these bums ? Lets see ,they get free room and board , free medical care , free gym use , and all that other free stuff we pay for while they stay at the great hotel . Why not whackn off a leg , that would be cheapper and they will not do it a 2nd time .
Ken Briggs October 15, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Patch needs to find something else to do this is the 3rd time this morning they wanted my 2 cents . they should go to school and learn something to do to make a living when they get out .
George Evans October 16, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Ken, I think Sheriff Joe is still around. Also I think the inmates have to pay some sort of per diem while they are "guests" of Sheriff Joe. Could you picture if the State of California started a larger version of Sheriff Joe's County Facility and places it somewhere around Barstow or Needles, in other words out in the Mojave Desert or in Death Valley. Might make the inmates think twice about having to return there.
Ken Briggs October 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Here we go on Tuesday morning , yes put these two away for a few years . but whats wrong with whacking off a leg ? they no run so fast next time ,maybe they will think first .

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