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Carjacker Sentenced to Seven Years in Federal Prison

June 23, 2010

Las Vegas, Nev. – A convicted felon who pointed a gun at a local woman and tried to steal her car as he was fleeing from local police, has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison and five years of supervised release, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Robert Lee Gibson, 41, of Las Vegas, was sentenced on Friday, June 18, 2010, by Chief U.S. District Judge Roger L. Hunt. Gibson pleaded guilty on March 31, 2010, to brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

On December 28, 2009, Gibson test drove an SUV at a vehicle dealership on the Boulder Highway. When Gibson returned to the dealership, the salesman exited the vehicle and Gibson drove away with the vehicle at a high rate of speed. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers observed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed driving recklessly through neighborhoods, failing to stop for signs and disregarding the safety of pedestrians. The vehicle finally came to a stop, and Gibson was apprehended on foot in an alley near 232 St. Louis Avenue. The officers learned that just before they apprehended Gibson, he had pointed a firearm at a woman and attempted to force her to turn over the keys to her vehicle. Gibson ran off when the woman screamed. Officers recovered a revolver from a trash can within the immediate vicinity of Gibson. Officers also recovered from Gibson's person a small bag containing 16 bullets and a news article referencing a similar past crime for which he had been convicted.

Gibson was convicted in 2000 in Clark County of battery with use of a deadly weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle, evading police officers, and grand larceny, for carjacking a celebrity's vehicle in Las Vegas and leading police on a chase through the city.

The case was investigated by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and ATF, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Drew Smith.

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