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Seven could equal 25

Sat, Sep 11 2010 12:00 PM Posted By: Neal Putnam

A National City man has pleaded guilty to committing seven armed robberies including one at a GameStop store in Chula Vista where he grabbed electronic games, cash and game units.

Joshua Lee Stevenson, 27, may get 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 19 by San Diego Superior Court Judge Frank Brown.

Stevenson admitted to other hold-ups at a Radio Shack in La Jolla, and two more GameStop stores on Murphy Canyon Road and Carmel Mountain Road with similar losses.

Stevenson took computers, televisions and cell phones from the Radio Shack store. The robberies began in May last year and ended a month later. The Chula Vista store was robbed on June 17, 2009.

Stevenson pleaded guilty Aug. 11 to all counts without a plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office. Brown told Stevenson he would not sentence him to more than 25 years. The maximum sentence is 41 years, according to court records.

Stevenson was arrested Feb. 10, but his identity was known to police agencies because of fingerprints he left behind at another store.

A second robber helped Stevenson, but he remains at large and authorities do not know his identity, said Deputy District Attorney Makenzie Harvey. The other robber was described as a 6-foot-tall black male between 20 and 29 years of age.

Stevenson remains at the South Bay Detention Facility without bail.

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