Wesco robber sentenced to prison.

March 26, 2018

Ian Rodriguez, center, with defense attorney Terry Shaw, right.

Wesco robber sentenced to prison.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — The 19-year-old Muskegon man who robbed the New Era Wesco store last July with a pellet gun disguised a real handgun was sentenced Monday, March 26, in 27th Circuit Court to six years to life in prison.

Ian Evan Rodriguez, of 400 W. Laketon Ave., pleaded guilty last January to armed robbery.

Rodriguez is currently incarcerated in the Muskegon Correctional Facility, serving a term of six years to life and two terms of five to 27 years for convictions of armed robbery in Newaygo and Muskegon counties, according to the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS).

His Oceana County sentence runs concurrently to his sentences in Muskegon and Newaygo counties.

Rodriguez previously testified that he went into the New Era store, wearing a mask. “I robbed the clerk,” he said. He stole $800 and split the money with his 19-year-old co-defendant, Cameron James Card.

The pair went on a crime spree robbing other convenience stores in the area, including the Hesperia Wesco in Newaygo County, until they were eventually caught by authorities in Muskegon County.

“I was caught at the scene at the robbery in Ravenna,” he told Judge Robert D. Springstead.

Rodriguez received credit for 241 days served in jail.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 81-135 months, the judge said. Springstead sentenced below the guidelines due to following a plea agreement that called for a minimum term not to exceed 72 months.

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