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Car thief turned pizza-delivery robber gets 6-year prison sentence

A 21-year-old convicted car thief was sentenced this week to more than six years in prison on federal charges for his role in the robberies of pizza delivery drivers in Fairbanks and Anchorage.

Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess on Wednesday sentenced Anchorage resident Steven Michael Lee McComas to serve a combined sentence of 78 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office statement posted by the Anchorage Police Department on Thursday.

The sentence arose from a plea deal.

McComas in July pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and conspiracy to commit robbery affecting interstate commerce.

McComas wasn't allowed to possess firearms under a felony conviction for first-degree vehicle theft last year.

But, federal prosecutors say, he drove a car involved in the armed robbery of a Fairbanks pizza delivery driver in February and used his phone to call in the pizza order.

McComas was involved in the armed robbery of an Anchorage Domino's Pizza delivery driver the next day, they say.

He was one of four people who pulled the driver out of his white 2007 Dodge Nitro at gunpoint, then stole the SUV as well as $80 and the driver's cellphone, according to a sworn affidavit filed with the charges.

McComas, at the wheel of the stolen vehicle, later tried to elude officers who attempted a traffic stop, the document says. Two sisters, both juveniles, were also in the car.

A subsequent police search of the Dodge turned up a 9mm semi-automatic Kel-Tec rifle that the girls said McComas told them was stolen, the affidavit says. The gun was loaded with 25 9mm rounds. Police also found a ski mask and gloves described by the driver as worn by his assailants.

Burgess, in handing down a sentence Wednesday, noted the seriousness of the crime and the fear experienced by the drivers, according to federal prosecutors. He expressed particular concern that McComas' behavior seemed to be escalating from car theft to armed robbery.

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