BALTIMORE -- Pedro Rodriguez Garcia has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for a 2009 armed robbery at a Baltimore vending business that resulted in the owner's death. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. convicted Garcia, 35, last June following a five-day trial for his part in the crime.
According to evidence, the robbery was planned by Nikolaos Mamalis, 56, who recruited Garcia and Daniel Chase, 67, to rob Constantine Frank owner of Precision Vending. Mamalis knew the Precision Vending owner from prior business dealings and was familiar with the physical layout and security at his facility, according to court records.
On July 29, 2009, according to court documents, Garcia and Chase entered the vending company disguised as package deliverymen, held Frank captive at gunpoint, and bound him with zip ties and duct tape. They stole more than $11,000.
Frank arrived at the hospital in critical condition and died two weeks later on Aug. 11 from an intra-cerebral hemorrhage. After Frank's death, Garcia fled the country and two years later was captured by agents from the U.S. Border Patrol.
Chase pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 141 months in prison. Mamalis was sentenced to 77 years after being convicted by a federal jury on Feb. 3, 2011.