NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) A man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for his role in a violent, multi-million dollar jewelry theft ring.
Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Luis Carlos Muchado was sentenced Friday for the ring that operated out of Richmond, Virginia.
According to court documents, co-defendant 37-year-old Alexander Cuadros-Garcia of Colombia led the group that stole more than $4.6 million in jewelry from victims in Virginia and at least four other states.
Most of the robberies involved damaging car windows and threatening victims at knife-point.
Cuadros-Garcia and Muchado were charged along with six other members of ring in March 2012.
Prosecutors say Muchado pleaded guilty in April to racketeering charges. Cuadros-Garcia previously pleaded guilty for his role and will be sentenced in October.
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