MARTINEZ -- A Richmond man on Wednesday was found to be a three strikes offender under California law, one day after he was convicted of first degree murder and 20 other felonies related to a series of violent crimes in late 2009.
The same jury that convicted Jimmie Doss on Tuesday found in phase two of his trial that he had committed three prior felonies. Judge Theresa Canepa ruled that each prior felony was a qualifying strike under state law.
Wednesday's ruling isn't likely to impact Doss' sentence, scheduled to be imposed Aug. 1. According to prosecutor Melissa Smith, just one of his numerous convictions -- kidnapping for extortion plus two enhancements -- provides only one sentencing option: life without possibility of parole.
Doss was convicted Tuesday of the shooting death Clarence Haynes, and with a series of hostage-robberies in which men were lured by a prostitute to an abandoned apartment complex in Richmond, where they were robbed and beaten until they divulged the PINs to their ATM and credit cards.
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