VICTORVILLE – Nearly 3 years after a shooting that killed a 26-year-old father of four a Victorville man was sentenced to life in prison. Last Friday, 38-year-old Eric Robbins was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder Daniel Olivera who was an AMPM employee at the time.
The Victorville jury found Robbins guilty of the first-degree murder with the special circumstances of “lying in wait and discharge of a firearm causing death San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office officials said on a Tuesday afternoon release. The jury also found Robbins guilty of attempting to kill the security guard.
On August 11, 2013, Robbins went to the AMPM store located at 15730 Roy Rogers Drive in Victorville. “The defendant was denied entry by a security guard because the store had just temporarily closed to conduct a count of the cash drawer,” said Deputy DA Juan. “After the confrontation, the defendant walked back to his pickup truck and drove off.”
Olivera went outside about 40 minutes later and as he was talking to the security guard. The District Attorney’s officials said that the defendant laid prone with a .308 rifle in the dirt field about 140 yards away and shot Olivera in the chest. There were no witnesses who reported seeing the suspect, the gun or a fleeing vehicle. Olivera died at the scene just minutes later.
“It was only through the diligence of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Team and the help of the public in identifying the defendant in a surveillance video released to the press that Daniel Olivera’s killer was able to be identified and held accountable for his actions,” said Deputy DA Juan.
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