Teen found guilty of Orange City, Iowa, robbery

2012-12-06T16:04:00Z 2012-12-07T17:57:04Z Teen found guilty of Orange City, Iowa, robbery Sioux City Journal

ORANGE CITY, Iowa | A teenager was found guilty Thursday of an armed robbery and burglary at an Orange City, Iowa, home.

A Sioux County District Court jury convicted Leandro Valdez, 16, of Orange City, of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister said in a statement that Valdez participated in an Aug. 30 robbery in which five masked intruders, one armed with a handgun and three with knives, threatened to kill the resident and held him at gunpoint as they ransacked his house. The victim pushed past one of the intruders, who pursued him and beat and kicked him.

The victim was able to escape to the home of a neighbor, who called 911. The victim was able to identify only Valdez, whose ski mask fell off during the robbery. No one else has been charged in the incident.

Sentencing was set for Jan. 28. Valdez faces a mandatory prison term of 25 years on each count. A judge will decide whether the sentences will be served concurrently or consecutively.

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