MARTINEZ -- A Rodeo man behind a 2008 Contra Costa County crime spree involving two armed bank robberies, the kidnapping of a cashier from a Richmond check-cashing store and a shootout with Pittsburg and Antioch police officers was condemned to spend the rest of his life in prison Friday.
Edjuana Chardon Scott, 29, was sentenced to 113 years in prison and a consecutive life-in-prison term for his conviction on 23 felonies related to the crime spree in August 2008.
Defense attorney Cecily Gray asked the court for some leniency for Scott, who suffers from multiple mental disorders and spent much of his life incarcerated after a chaotic and violent childhood. Scott had a sanity trial after he was convicted of the crime spree in May, and the jury found his illnesses did not rise to the level of legal insanity.
Judge Barbara Zuniga said Scott had opportunities to rise above his past but made a series of bad choices.
"The man is a menace," Zuniga said. "He needs to be locked away from the good citizens of our community and other communities."
Prosecutor Chris Walpole argued at trial that Scott and two other men kicked off the crime spree by carjacking a woman for her Toyota Highlander at gunpoint in Richmond, and then used the stolen vehicle to carjack and kidnap the Richmond cashier.
Over the next two days, they robbed Wells Fargo branches in Pinole and Antioch at gunpoint of about $30,000 each, Walpole said.
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The group was fleeing the Antioch bank robbery on Aug. 9, 2010, when they got into a high-speed chase with police officers, Walpole said. Scott fired 10 shots from an assault rifle during the pursuit, five of which struck an Antioch patrol car.
Scott's cousin, 24-year Renwicke Uranus Lampkin, was acquitted of all crimes charged in connection with the first two days of the crime spree but convicted of 11 felonies related to the Antioch bank robbery and the police shootout and pursuit.
Both Lampkin and 22-year-old Richmond resident Dominique Michael Cole were wounded by police gunfire just before all three men were arrested at a Pittsburg auto yard.
Lampkin, who was tried alongside Scott, was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison on May 18. Cole, alleged to have participated in all three days of the crime spree, is awaiting trial.
Scott did not make a statement in court Friday. His mother and sisters cried in the gallery throughout the sentencing.
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