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A known gang member was sentenced to 16 years in prison for the robbery and witness intimidation of a man in Greenfield from earlier this year, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. Pedro Ponce, 20, of Greenfield, received the sentence on Friday from Judge Pamela Brown after he was found guilty during a court trial. On Feb. 7, Ponce, along with Cesar Banda Alvarez, approached a man outside the Greenfield library and demanded he give them everything he had, the district attorney’s office said. Ponce held a knife to the man and they both took his wallet, iPod, cellphone and necklace, according to the district attorney’s office. The two fled, shouting gang slogans, and accusing the man of being part of a rival gang, though he had no connection to the gang, the district attorney’s office said.
Greenfield police responded to a report of the theft and arrested Alvarez, who had the victim’s property. Alvarez is in the process of being extradited after he skipped out on his trial last month, the district attorney’s office said.
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