For committing a robbery spree this summer, a St. Paul man was sentenced to more than nine years in prison.
Warren Dean, 27, was sentenced to three years of supervised release, or nine years of prison, after pleading guilty to one count of robbery in federal court in Minneapolis. His thefts took place in the city of St. Paul.
On June 14, 2021, Dean entered a Speedway gas station and showed a realistic-looking pistol facsimile at staff. He left with $292 after asking them to hand him money from the cash register.
Between June 14 and June 16, 2021, Dean admits to stealing or attempted to rob six more companies.
Dean eluded police following his most recent crime on June 16, leading them on a 30-mile automobile pursuit that ended in North Minneapolis after he damaged several parked cars. After a four-hour standoff with police, Dean was apprehended.
Dean pled guilty to a robbery charge under the Hobbs Act, a federal legislation introduced in 1946 that was designed to combat labor union racketeering. Prosecutors frequently utilize it nowadays to boost the punishment for a certain type of crime. Prosecutors merely need to show that the offense’s natural consequences would affect interstate trade.