Memoirs Used As Evidence Against Gang Member

In California, a former gang member has been convicted of a jewelry heist and convicted to 126 years in prison under the state’s three strikes law.

Colton Simpson has been found guilty of robbery, burglary and grand theft for his participation in a robbery at a jewelry counter at Robinsons- May Co. in Temecula, California in 2003.  Because of his prior felony convictions, Judge F. Paul Dickerson III sentenced Simpson to 126 years in prison under the three strikes law.

During the trial, Dickerson allowed Simpson’s memoirs to be introduced as evidence against him.  Prosecutors claimed that a scene described in the book was similar to a visit that Simpson made to the jewelry counter two days before the heist.

Simpson was accused of being the mastermind and the getaway driver in the robbery.  Two unidentified men who have not been prosecuted were accused of entering Robinsons-May Co. and actually pulling off the robbery.


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