Felon sentenced to 25 years in prison for robbery, carjacking

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Updated: 11/26/2012 6:46 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A man with multiple prior felony convictions who robbed two brothers in their Reno home, and then forced them to drive to a remote location and lie face first on the ground before driving away with their vehicle, was sentenced today to a mandatory minimum of 25 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

John Louis Devencenzi, 32, of Reno, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Larry R. Hicks. Devencenzi pleaded guilty in August 2012 to using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and felon in possession of a firearm.

In May of 2011, Devencenzi, wearing a mask and gloves, pointed a gun at a victim's head and ordered him to open the gun safes. The victim stated that he was unable to open the safes and that they belonged to his brother. Devencenzi then took the victim to his brother’s room, and woke him up and ordered them to the kitchen. A struggle ensued between the victims and Devencenzi, and Devencenzi discharged the shotgun into a wall.

Devencenzi regained control over the victims and got them to open the gun safes, from which Devencezi removed 41 guns and some jewelry. Devencenzi then ordered the victims to load the firearms into one of their vehicles, and ordered the owner of the vehicle to sit in the front passenger seat.

Devencenzi got into the back seat with the shotgun and a loaded semi-automatic assault weapon and forced the victim to drive him to a remote location. The victims were then forced to get out of the vehicle and lay face first on the ground, while Devencenzi drove away in the vehicle.

The brothers were found by a Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputy near the Pyramid Highway. Devencenzi was later arrested by Reno Police Department officers on unrelated outstanding criminal warrants.

Devencenzi has four prior felony convictions, including burglary in 1997, burglary in 2001, and assault with a deadly weapon in 2006, all in Washoe County.

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