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Man sentenced to 47 years for home-invasion robberies
home invasionIn October, a judge sentenced 21-year-old Azariah Ross to 47 years in prison for a string of home-invasion robberies he committed in 2012. A jury convicted Ross of 16 crimes, including robbery in the first degree, burglary in the first degree and unlawful imprisonment.

Ross and three co-defendants committed seven robberies that targeted Asian families in Tacoma, often in their own neighborhoods. The defendants forced their way into the homes, threatened the victims at gunpoint, and tied them up before stealing their valuables, including a total of $80,000 cash.

“Everyone deserves to feel that their home is a place of safety and sanctuary,” said Deputy Prosecutor Jesse Williams. “These crimes forever shattered that sense for victims who immigrated to this country seeking a better life and the American dream.”

Ross’s co-defendants were each sentenced to between 34 and 42 years in prison.