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Pueblo Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal Prison for Armed Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado

DENVER – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announces Perry Sean Lohnes, age 38, of Pueblo, was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

According to the plea agreement, on April 11, 2022, the defendant went to a fast food restaurant located on East 8th Street in Pueblo. The defendant was wearing a camouflage style jacket and facemask. He approached the counter, ordered food and then sat down to eat it. He later came back to the counter and started taking money out of the register. An employee of the restaurant confronted the defendant and the defendant immediately pulled a handgun from his pocket and pulled back on the slide of the handgun. This caused one round of ammunition to be expelled from the handgun, and it landed in the cash register. The defendant pointed the firearm at the employee and told her to “get back.” The defendant then took cash out of the cash register and ran toward a local park.

“We are taking an aggressive approach to prosecuting violent criminals in Pueblo,” said United States Attorney Cole Finegan. “This case is one example of excellent work from our law enforcement partners working together to make Pueblo a safer community. This type of violence will not be tolerated.”

“This sentence represents the unwavering teamwork between FBI Denver and our law enforcement partners like the Pueblo Police Department and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office to ensure dangerous criminals are no longer a threat to the public,” said Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Denver Acting Special Agent in Charge Leonard Carollo. “The FBI remains committed to working with all our local, state, and federal partners to keep our communities safe.”

Judge Daniel D. Domenico sentenced the defendant on March 1, 2023.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Denver, with assistance from the Pueblo Police Department and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution was handled by the Violent Crime and Immigration Enforcement Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

CASE NUMBER: 22-cr-00197


Deborah Takahara
Public Affairs Specialist

Updated March 3, 2023