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62-year-old man gets life in prison after third strike

A Yakima County man, 62, will spend the rest of his life in prison after getting a third strike on his criminal record.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that Elodio Rizo was sentenced Friday in Yakima County Superior Court on convictions for first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree assault. Rizo was arrested after a shoplifting incident at a Sears more than two years ago where shots were fired.

Rizo’s previous strikes were both for second-degree assaults.

In 2007, Rizo and an accomplice shoplifted bottles of perfumes valued at $165 from the Sears store in Union Gap. After two store guards attempted to stop them, Rizo shot at the officers. He did not hit them.

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