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A Santa Maria man has been sentenced to 168 years to life sentence following his conviction for committing home invasion robberies and attempted home invasion robberies all across the Central Coast in 2010.

Jesus Quevado, 31, was sentenced Tuesday for the crimes, which a Santa Maria jury convicted him of last November.

Quevado was found guilty of a home invasion robbery in Santa Maria in September 2010, a residential burglary in Santa Ynez in October 2010, an attempted home invasion robbery in Santa Maria in November 2010, a home invasion robbery in Nipomo in November 2010 and illegal possession of ammunition in his vehicle in December 2010.

The jury also convicted Quevado of being associated with a local criminal street gang.

Quevado’s robbery conviction marked his third strike, or qualifying serious felony conviction, which drastically increased his prison time.

He was previously convicted of pistol whipping a victim and committing another robbery, said Deputy District Attorney Paul Greco.

He said he believes Quevado’s long prison sentence is justified.

“You have a habitual offender who had just been released from prison for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon and went on a crime spree.”

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