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Man sentenced to multiple life terms for home, business robberies

Bryson Mitchell holds a gun during one of the 2015 crimes for which he was sentenced June 16, 2017 to multiple life terms in prison. (Photo from video provided by Kern County District Attorney's Office)

A man was sentenced to multiple life sentences Friday by a Kern County jury for carrying out a series of business and home-invasion robberies.

Bryson Mitchell's total sentence is 221 years to life.

He was convicted on 21 felony charges.

Mitchell was arrested in February 2015 after he and two other suspects robbed a series of businesses in central and southwest Bakersfield at gunpoint, according to the Kern County District Attorney's Office.

After robbing the businesses, the three men forced entry into a home in southwest Bakersfield and robbed the family at gunpoint.

Officers later found Mitchell after they responded to a call of shots fired in the area of East Planz Road. They were able to determine Mitchell was the robbery suspect after officers found evidence at the scene.

Co-defendants Courtney Francis and Bryan Johnson entered plea deals. One was just sentenced to 26 years in prison, and the other is expected to be sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Mitchell was on parole at the time of the crimes. He cut off his ankle monitor just prior to the start of the robberies.

"It's gang members getting together doing what gang members do - in this case committing takeover-style robberies using firearms, high-powered firearms," said prosecutor Joseph Kinzel. "And the goal for most of these robberies was to get money to buy more drugs."

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