Robber of Clarksville Pizza Hut Exiled to Over 9 Years in Prison

Baltimore,

Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced  Jose Fidel

De Paz-Lopez, age 34, of Ellicott City, Maryland today to 114 months in

prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring

to interfere with commerce by robbery and the use of a firearm in

furtherance of a crime of violence, announced United States Attorney

for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

        According

to De Paz-Lopez’s plea agreement, he conspired with Hugo Perez-Sanchez,

Adan Perez-Ramos, Tulio Enrique Sandoval-Canas and Pablo Perez-Ramos to

rob the Pizza Hut located in Clarksville, Maryland.  Hugo Perez-Sanchez

had worked at the restaurant from September 2006 to April 2007, and

told his conspirators about the lack of surveillance cameras.  On

November 30, 2008, Hugo Perez-Sanchez drove the co-conspirators to the

Pizza Hut and remained in the car to avoid being recognized.  Jose

Fidel De Paz-Lopez  armed himself with a .22 caliber Ruger Mark II

pistol, and his co-defendants armed themselves with a  30-30 Marlin

Firearms Co. Model 336 rifle and a Daisy Air Rifle (BB gun).  The armed

conspirators entered the restaurant and threatened the employees with

the guns.  The conspirators took cash and gift cards, and forced the

employees onto the floor, and then into a freezer.  They returned to

the car and Hugo Perez-Sanchez drove them away.

        The

defendants were stopped a few miles away and officers recovered the

weapons, $543 in stolen money, a dark colored ski mask and a box of

stolen gift cards.

        All

the co-defendants lived at the same residence in Ellicott City and are

citizens of El Salvador or Guatemala, who entered the United States

illegally.  All of the defendants pleaded guilty to their roles in the

robbery.  Hugo Ernesto Perez-Sanchez, age 31 and Adan Perez-Ramos, age

28, were each sentenced to 114 months in prison.  Tulio Enrique

Sandoval-Canas, age 20 and Pablo Perez-Ramos, age 31, are scheduled to

be sentenced next month.  All five defendants have agreed not to

contest their removal from the United States upon completion of their

imprisonment.

        United

States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Bureau of Alcohol,

Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Immigration and Customs

Enforcement, Howard County State’s Attorney Dario Broccolino and his

office and the Howard

County Police Department and for their assistance in the investigation

and prosecution.  Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States

Attorney Judson T. Mihok, who  prosecuted the case.

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