A Glendale man was sentenced to 45 years in prison Thursday after being convicted of a violent home invasion that happened two years ago.
Gabriel Rios, 51, was found guilty of first-degree burglary, armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, kidnapping and first-degree assault and battery.
Prosecutors said that on Aug. 14, 2010, Rios broke into a woman's home. They said that when the woman heard glass breaking, she went to investigate. They said that when she confronted Rios, he grabbed the woman, held a piece of glass to her throat and demanded she open a safe. They said that when the woman could not open the safe, Rios forced her into a bedroom and used tape to tie her hands behind her back.
Rios stole a handgun, $200 from the woman's purse and her car, prosecutors said.
Previously, Rios had been convicted of second-degree burglary, grand larceny, strong-arm robbery, resisting arrest and possession of cocaine.
Rios must serve at least 80 percent of his sentenced before being eligible for parole.
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