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Man in February 2015 crime spree convicted by DA's Office

Posted at 3:07 PM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-16 19:51:28-04

UPDATE (June 16, 2017 4:50 p.m.): Bryson Mitchell was sentenced to multiple life terms Friday as a result of his involvement in an hours-long series of robberies and a shooting.

The total term is 221 years to life, according to the DA's Office.

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A Kern County jury convicted Bryson Mitchell of 21 felony charges relating to a series of robberies and a shooting that happened over five hours on February 25, 2015.

Between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. officers responded to three robberies in Central and Southwest Bakersfield. Bryson Mitchell, one of the three suspects in the robberies, used an AR-15 rifle to assault employees and steal cash and items.

At 4 a.m., the robbers, all members of the Eastside Crips gang, saw a home in Southwest Bakersfield with the door partially open. A family was loading a minivan at the time.

The family, including a two-year-old child, was held at gunpoint inside the home while the minivan with children inside was ransacked.

Mitchell and the other suspects fled the scene in a vehicle.

At 8 a.m., police received reports of shots fired at Hollywood Market in Southeast Bakersfield. The shots were fired by Mitchell.

Mitchell was targeting a member of the Country Boy Crips, a rival gang. One of the bullets hit a vehicle driving by and missed the driver by a matter of inches.

The other two suspects in the crimes, Courtney Francis and Bryan Johnson, have entered plea deals and were sentenced to 20 years and 26 years.

Mitchell was convicted of three counts of second degree robbery, three counts of first degree robbery, eight counts of assault, three counts of burglary, and various other crimes related to illegal firearms use and gang participation.

 

Mitchell will be sentenced on May 11, 2017. He potentially faces a life sentence.