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DATE: December 22, 2017
CASE: Antione Cisco & Reynaldo Eknar (Case #16FE012117)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Sam Alexander, Career Criminal Prosecution Unit
The Honorable Marjorie Koller sentenced Antione Cisco and Reynaldo Eknar to 179 years and 8 months to life in prison. On August 2, 2017, a jury convicted both defendants of three counts of first-degree robbery in concert, six counts of kidnapping for extortion, and three counts of kidnapping for robbery. The jury also found true the allegation that each defendant personally used a firearm on all counts.
On June 20, 2016, Antione Cisco and Reynaldo Eknar kicked down the front door of a home where a mother and her two sons lived. The defendants demanded money and property, beat the victims, and forced them to the ground at gunpoint while they searched for valuables. The defendants then forced the victims into a vehicle, drove them to a bank, and told one of the sons to withdraw $8,000. The son followed orders out of fear for the safety of his brother and mother, who were being held in the car at gunpoint by the defendants.
The defendants then drove to another bank and told the son to withdraw another $8,000. Instead, the son informed bank personnel of the situation and they called 911. Officers arrived and took the defendants into custody.
Eknar has prior convictions for illegal possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana for sale.
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