District Attorney Jan Scully announced that the Honorable Judge Geoffrey Goodman sentenced Dante Perkins to 35 years and 8 months in prison. In November, Perkins was convicted by jury of two counts of car-jacking, robbery, and a felon in possession of a firearm.
The jury also found true that Perkins possessed and used a firearm during the car-jacking and robbery.
On February 20, 2012, a young mother and her one-year-old child were sitting in their parked car in front of a store. The father went inside the store to purchase an item and left the keys in the ignition while the two waited for him. When the father returned to the car, Perkins ran up to him, pulled out a gun, stuck it into his chest, and demanded that he to step away from the car. The father ran back to the store for help. Perkins then entered the car, pointed the gun into the mother’s chest, and threatened her. The mother got out of the car and immediately went to the back passenger door to remove her child from the car seat. As soon as the mother and the child were clear from the passenger door, Perkins fled in the stolen car. During the car-jacking, Perkins also robbed the father of his cell phone. He later sold the car to an unsuspecting buyer in Stockton.