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July 6, 2015

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Wig’ robber sentenced to 237 years in federal prison for 2010 spree

A man involved in nine armed robberies of Las Vegas businesses over a three-day period in 2010 was sentenced Thursday to 237 years in federal prison, authorities announced.

Jason Wiley, 28, of Las Vegas, was convicted in November 2011 of one count of conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce, nine counts of interference with commerce by armed robbery, and 10 counts of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The robberies, referred to by law enforcement investigators as the “Wig” series because in many of them at least one of the robbers donned a wig, occurred Aug. 21-23, 2010.

Senior U.S. District Judge Lloyd D. George sentenced Wiley to about five years in prison for the robbery charges, seven years in prison for the first firearm charge, and 25 years consecutive for each additional firearm charge because Wiley and his co-conspirators continued to use a firearm, according to Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. attorney for the District of Nevada.

One co-defendant, Christopher DiBlasio, pleaded guilty prior to trial to 10 armed robberies and one firearm charge. A third co-conspirator, Wiley’s stepson Lamont Curry, was prosecuted in state court.

The victim establishments were a Snackers convenience store, Roberto’s Taco Shop, Pit Stop, Circle K, Korner Store and Deli, Emerald Suites Hotel, Speedee Mart, Brando’s, Terrible Herbst, and Dotty’s.

The robbers flashed a firearm in each robbery and fired a weapon in two of the robberies. The defendants took cash in each robbery, and in some instances, also took liquor or food.

At sentencing, the government noted that Wiley recruited two young accomplices – his own step-son, Lamont Curry (then 17 years old), and Christoper DiBlasio (then 18 years old) – and robbed the first two businesses to show them how it was done.

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  1. Why did this turn into a Federal case? All State robberies where in likelihood he would have gotten no more than 20 years where no one was injured.