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Robber faces 33 years in prison
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Jason Edward Mitts, 33, of Modesto, was sentenced to 33 years in state prison after being found guilty after a no contest plea May 4 to committing three robberies, one in Ceres.

In addition, Mitts pled no contest to three more counts of robbery and admitted that he had used a firearm.

Mitts, a wanted parolee, was a passenger in a stolen car that was stopped by police on April 2, 2009. During a search, officers found a pair of brass knuckles in his pants pocket. After his arrest, Mitts posted bail.

On April 15, 2010, Mitts robbed two clerks at the Vineyard 76 station on Whitmore Avenue in Ceres. He walked in with a gun and had the clerks lie on the ground while another man waited in the get-away car.

Mitts was later identified as the man who pulled a handgun from his waist area and robbed a clerk at Hanna's Bakery on Carpenter Road in Modesto on April 21, 2010.

Three days later Mitts held up a clerk at the 7-Eleven on Yosemite Boulevard in Modesto. Then on April 25, Mitts committed a robbery of a Chevron gas station on Kansas Road.

Mitts also entered a guilty plea to possession of a dangerous weapon and admitted that he had previously been convicted of a serious or violent felony which falls under California's "Three Strikes" law, that he had served three prior prison terms and that he was out on bail on the deadly weapon charge when he committed the robberies.

Deputy District Attorney Sandra Bishop prosecuted the case.

Judge Dawna Reeves sentenced Mitts.