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Citrus Heights Man Sentenced 115 Years Under Three Strikes Law

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A repeat offender was sentenced to 115 years in prison Wednesday under California’s three strikes law.

James Earl Lawhead, 31, of Citrus Heights received the sentence after a string of crimes in Citrus Heights and North Highlands in 2010, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

On July 25, 2010, Lawhead disguised himself and robbed the store manager of Blockbuster Video at 7291 Greenback Lane at gunpoint as she was walking over to the bank to make a store deposit.

The Citrus Heights Police Department issued a warrant for Lawhead’s arrest but he had absconded from parole. He was eventually tracked down by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in the early morning of Sept. 8, 2010, and engaged officers in a two-hour standoff with a loaded gun held to his head in front of the McDonald’s restaurant at 5301 Elkhorn Boulevard.

The Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Detail eventually used teargas to take Lawhead into custody. The gun in his hand was stolen in a burglary two days earlier, where Lawhead’s girlfriend left a fingerprint behind.

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