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December 15, 2015: Long Beach Man Sentenced to Prison for Medical Marijuana Robbery

Sarah Ardalani, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A 24-year-old man was sentenced yesterday to 12 years in state prison for robbing a medical marijuana deliveryman in Long Beach, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced.

On June 5, defendant Desmond Lamar Pulliam of Long Beach pleaded no contest to a felony count of second-degree robbery in case NA098758. Pulliam also admitted a special allegation that he personally used a gun during the commission of the crime.

Deputy District Attorney Rachel Bodley, who prosecuted the case, said on March 12, 2014, a Long Beach medical marijuana dispensary received a call requesting a home delivery.

When the deliveryman arrived at the location, he was approached by Pulliam, who was armed with a gun, and another man, the prosecutor said.

A fight ensued between the victim and the two men, the prosecutor said, before Pulliam and the second suspect fled the scene with the marijuana.

On March 31, 2014, authorities arrested Pulliam in connection with the crime. Although a second suspect was involved in the incident, the person was not identified during the criminal investigation.

The case was investigated by the Long Beach Police Department.