OAKLAND — A judge on Thursday sentenced a 25-year-old San Leandro man to seven years in prison for his role in the armed robbery of an undercover federal agent in November, authorities said.
James Medeiros and his three co-conspirators did not know the victim was an undercover agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when they lured him to a building in Oakland under the pretense of a gun buy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
Prosecutors said one co-conspirator met the agent and led him to the back of the building, where Medeiros and another co-conspirator pointed guns at him and a fourth co-conspirator demanded his money. Medeiros and two others were arrested at the scene and the fourth several days later.
On Nov. 29, a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging Medeiros with conspiracy; robbery of mail, money or other property of the United States; assault on a federal officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon; and using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Medeiros pleaded guilty to the latter charge and the others were dismissed at his sentencing.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. sentenced Medeiros to a three-year term of supervised release to begin at the conclusion of his prison term.
Medeiros’ co-conspirators — Anthony Reed, 23, of San Leandro; Jesus Angel Sanchez, 20, of Oakland; and Marcos Antonio Martenez, 25 of Oakland — pleaded guilty to the same charge. They face a minimum of seven years in prison when they are sentenced later this year.