76°F
weather icon Clear

Las Vegas man gets 34 to 85 years behind bars for sledgehammer attacks

A judge handed down a prison sentence of 34 to 85 years Thursday for the “monstrous” actions of a man convicted of a two-hour, hammer-swinging rampage in Boulder City and Henderson.

Damien Darnell Robins, 33, of Las Vegas was convicted in July of 10 counts, including assault with a deadly weapon and battery with a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm.

Prosecutor John Giordani said Robins terrorized nine people over the course of two hours in October 2014 while wielding a sledgehammer.

Robins began by attacking a woman in a car in a convenience store parking lot, according to authorities. He continued with several more attacks, including one on a couple in an auto parts store parking lot and another on a woman at a Taco Bell restaurant.

District Judge Susan Johnson called the events “monstrous” as she handed down the sentence.

“These are ordinary events that people do, and they were attacked,” she said. “I can’t take that lightly.”

Robins, who was convicted of robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime in 2010, admitted to being on methamphetamine at the time of the attacks. He told the judge that he had long struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and added, “Drugs basically got the best of me.”

His attorney, Daniel Lippmann, said the attacks are “not who he is.”

Contact David Ferrara at dferrara@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039. Follow @randompoker on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Washoe County makes arrest in 1979 murder

Forty years after the murder of a woman whose body was found in the remote hills north of Reno, DNA evidence led Washoe County sheriff’s deputies to arrest a man in connection with the case, which is eerily similar to another unsolved murder that took place the same year.