Tourist robber sentenced to 13 years


Vincent Rodriguez Cepeda, the man who was convicted of robbing a tourist while armed with a machete, must spend 13 years at the Department of Corrections.

The Superior Court sentenced him late yesterday afternoon to eight years for second-degree robbery as a second-degree felony and five years for the special allegation of possession or use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

According to the Office of the Attorney General, several people testified at the trial and identified Cepeda. The witnesses testified that they observed him holding a woman’s bag and that he had a machete as he attempted to flee the scene.

Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Phelps thanked the court for its sentence, stressing that the ruling shows that violent offenders will be held accountable.