A 23-year-old man was given a mandatory minimum sentence of 361 months in federal prison Thursday for his role in two 2010 armed robberies in Philadelphia.
Hakeem Paris, 23, held up Bridesburg Pizza on Richmond Street in May 2010 and, two weeks later, attempted to rob the Wawa a few blocks away on Richmond Street, the U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement after his sentencing before federal Judge Mary McLaughlin.
While the sentence is long, federal prosecutors had argued in their sentencing memorandum that Paris actually deserved 430 to 447 months for his crimes, in part because despite earnest efforts by his mother and grandmother — including sending him to Catholic schools — "the evidence shows that the defendant rejected this guidance, and chose a life of crime instead."
"The [presentence investigation report] indicates that the defendant has done little with his time except squander his future," the sentencing memo read.
In the memo, federal prosecutors also pressed for a very long mandatory sentence in hopes of dissuading others from committing such violent acts and "reassure and protect the public, and promote respect for the law."
"The government's recommended guidelines sentence here will also serve to deter this defendant from committing future crimes, and will serve to generally deter others from engaging in similar conduct," the memo read.