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Gangsters sent to prison for Victorville parking lot robbery
Extortion charges dropped by prosecutors
VICTORVILLE • Two Pomona-based gangsters accused of robbing a couple in the parking lot of a 99-cent store near Seventh Street and La Paz Drive were sentenced to state prison.
Larry Felcyn Freeman, 27, and Lang Lamarr Morgan, 34, each accepted the prosecution’s offer Friday.
Freeman pleaded guilty to felony assault, and Victorville Superior Court Judge Eric Nakata sentenced him to two years in prison based on the plea bargain. Morgan pleaded no contest to robbery and was sentenced to four years in prison.
The duo had already earned 498 days of credit, including 249 days of good conduct credit, waiting for the case to be resolved.
The victims told investigators that they were sitting in a car on June 4 when two men, later identified as Freeman and Morgan, came up. Morgan got into the backseat of the car and took jewelry from the couple, while Freeman told Morgan to shoot the victims if they moved, according to San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials. Morgan pistol-whipped the victims.
Morgan was also accused of extorting a “tax” from a Victorville apartment resident in the early morning of the same day. But prosecutors dropped charges Friday against Morgan and two others regarding that incident due to a lack of evidence.
The alleged victim told investigators that Morgan, Raymond Shawndale Barner and Joseph Edward Smith, 30, walked into his apartment in the 15000 block of Sueno Lane. The alleged victim claimed Morgan and Smith pointed guns at their young children and demanded money.
The male victim reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Department a few days later. But the apartment manager said the alleged victim and his family had already moved out of their apartment on June 4, according to Susan Slater, Smith’s lawyer. Moreover, Smith was in Fontana helping his mother move that day, Slater said.
The judge ordered the release of Smith on Friday. The prosecution had dismissed the case against Barner in October.
Tomoya Shimura may be reached at (760) 955-5368 or TShimura@VVDailyPress.com. Follow Tomoya on Facebook at facebook.com/ShimuraTomoya.
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