A 27-year-old Stockton man has been sentenced to 34 years four months in prison for committing a home-invasion robbery in Modesto, where he pistol-whipped a woman after she tried to defend herself with a sword.
A jury in May found Patrick Ramont Ware guilty on two counts of first-degree robbery. His charges included an enhancement of using a gun, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.
Friday, Ware was serving his sentence at San Quentin State Prison. He previously had been convicted of robbery in San Joaquin County.
The home-invasion robbery occurred just before midnight Aug. 9, 2012, at a house in the 600 block of W. Granger Avenue, just west of McHenry Avenue in central Modesto.
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The residents told police they were sleeping when they were awakened by a loud bang at the front door. The man living at the home got out of bed to investigate and spotted at least four men armed with handguns breaking in through the front door.
The man dove through a closed bedroom window, shattering the window and making his escape. Modesto police said at the time that the woman remained in the house and armed herself with the sword. She tried to challenge the intruders, but they quickly overpowered and disarmed her.
Ware confronted the woman and hit her on the side of the face with his gun, causing her to suffer an open wound and swelling, according to Deputy District Attorney Michael Karimi, who prosecuted the case.
The intruders took cash, jewelry and cellphones from the apartment.
Officers arrived at the home and spoke with the victims, obtaining descriptions of the intruders. About 1:50 a.m., a Modesto police officer on patrol downtown looking for drunken drivers spotted an Oldsmobile sedan sought in several traffic violations. The officer stopped the car at L and Needham streets.
Ware was driving, and Donte Brooks of Oakdale was a passenger. Police said investigators found a black mask, duct tape and a black hooded sweatshirt in the car’s back seat.
Brooks initially was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, but those charges eventually were dismissed.