Two young Oakland men face the prospect of spending most of the rest of their lives in state prison after being convicted of multiple felony charges in connection with four robberies at gunpoint in January 2008.Prosecutor Jimmie Wilson said today that 21-year-old Eddie Davis faces 60 years to life for his 15 felony counts and his three prior felony robbery convictions, and 20-year-old Ollie Wright faces 50 years in prison for his 11 felony counts.An Alameda County Superior Court jury delivered its verdict against Davis and Wright after deliberating less than a day at the end of a trial that lasted about two-and-a-half weeks.Wilson said three of the robberies occurred in West Oakland: at the Railroad Stop Deli at 1210 26th St. in West Oakland on Jan. 11, 2008; at the Southern Street Food and Liquor store across the street from the West Oakland BART station on Jan 27, 2008; and at a Shell gas station at 7th and Market streets, also on Jan. 27, 2008.The other incident occurred at Del Navio Restaurant at 2820 Mountain Blvd. in Oakland’s Montclair District on Jan. 20, 2008, he said.Wilson said Wright used a gun in the Del Navio Restaurant and Davis used a gun in the other three incidents. He said Davis was convicted in connection with all four incidents and Wright was convicted for the Del Navio and food and liquor store incidents.Most of the convictions were for robbery but Wright and Davis were also convicted of one count each of false imprisonment, and Davis was convicted of two counts of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, Wilson said.A Nissan Altima car that was stolen one hour before the initial robbery at the Railroad Stop Deli was used in all four incidents, according to Wilson.The prosecutor said nine people, including two restaurant owners, a waiter and six customers, were robbed at gunpoint in the incident at the Del Navio restaurant.Wright’s attorney, Darryl Stallworth, said, “It’s sad and tragic that we have young people in our criminal justice system who are convicted of crimes with such long penalties.”Stallworth said he thinks there were “some eyewitness issues” about the identification of Wright and Davis as the suspects in the Del Navio incident but he added, “I understand and respect the jury’s verdict.”Davis’s attorney,Spencer Strellis, said, “I’m disappointed with the verdict.”Strellis said he also thinks there were identification issues but “the jury didn’t think so.”
Referring to the long sentence that Davis faces because he’s a “three-strikes” defendant, Strellis asked, “When does punishment stop making sense?”Davis and Wright are scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Allen Hymer on May 29.
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