PALMDALE – A 42-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 47 years to life in state prison after shoplifting at a Palmdale hardware store and then fighting security personnel, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Geoffrey Scott Bueno, aka Spanky, received the long sentence because the conviction was his “third strike”.
Bueno was first convicted in 1993 of voluntary manslaughter for being the driver in a gang-related shooting. He was convicted again in 2009 of second-degree robbery for shoplifting and then fighting security personnel, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
On March 5, 2014, while on parole on the 2009 robbery case, Bueno went to a home improvement store in Palmdale and shoplifted various items before leaving the store, according to evidence presented at his trial. When confronted by store security, Bueno kicked and wrestled two loss-prevention officers before they managed to detain him, said Deputy District Attorney Eunice Kim.
Bueno also had methamphetamine in his possession, the prosecutor added.
Bueno was convicted June 1 of two felony counts of second-degree robbery and one misdemeanor count of possession of methamphetamine in connection with the Palmdale case, according to the prosecutor.
The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Station, Palmdale Station.