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Man sentenced to 27 years in prison for 2009 E. Baltimore robbery

A Baltimore man was sentenced to 27 years in prison for a 2009 armed robbery at a Baltimore business that resulted in the owner's death.

Pedro Rodriguez Garcia, 35, formerly of Rosedale, robbed Constantine Frank at gunpoint, taking more than $11,000, inside Precision Vending on S. Lakewood Avenue on July 29, 2009, according to court documents.

The robbery was planned by Nikolaos Mamalis, 56, of Edgewood, according to evidence presented at the trial.

Garcia and Daniel Chase, 67, of New Jersey, entered the store posing as package delivery men, pointed a gun at Frank, tied him up and robbed him, court documents said. They left him bound in zip ties and duct tape in his office, where he had a stroke before being found by officers. He was taken to an area hospital, where he died two weeks later from "intra cereberal hemorrhage associated with stress resulting from the robbery," according to an autopsy. His death was ruled a homicide.

Prosecutors said Garcia fled the country and was caught by U.S. Border Patrol Agents two years later.

Mamalis was convicted by a federal jury in February 2011 and sentenced to 77 years in prison for conspiracy, three counts of commercial robbery and three corresponding gun charges connected with the Precision Vending robbery, as well as two home invasion robberies. Chase pleaded guilty to his participation in a series of robberies planned by Mamalis and was sentenced to 141 months in prison, prosectors said.

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