DATE: August 24, 2015
CASE: Robert Steward
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Aaron Miller, Career Criminal Prosecution Unit
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced that 37-year-old Robert Steward was convicted by jury of attempted carjacking.
Steward traveled to Sacramento on April 17, 2015, three days after being released from a Bakersfield prison. He went to his mother’s residence, but discovered she had moved. Steward walked down the street, and approached a parked car with the victim and her 13-year-old son sitting inside with the driver’s side window rolled down.
Steward punched the mother in the face, forcibly removed her from the car, and threw her into the street. When he got into the victim’s car, the keys were not in the ignition. One of the victim’s family members rushed outside and fought Steward off until he left the scene. During the struggle, Steward dropped some paperwork he had been carrying, which contained his name. He was later identified as the perpetrator by the victim’s son.
This is Steward’s second strike conviction. His criminal history includes assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Steward faces a maximum potential sentence of 15 years in prison. Sentencing is set for September 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Department 39 before the Honorable David Abbott.
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