One of two Los Angeles men convicted of being the “Cowboy Gun Bandits” who carried out a string of stick-ups targeting gas stations and a bank faces a mandatory 107 years behind bars when he is sentenced Wednesday.
Dominic Dorsey, 50, of Hollywood, was convicted in August 2016 — along with co-defendant Reginald Bailey, 73, of Jefferson Park — of conspiracy and multiple counts of interference with commerce by robbery and brandishing a firearm — the distinctive long-barreled Colt six-shooter that lent them their nickname — during a crime of violence. The evidence at trial in Los Angeles federal court proved Dorsey was guilty of eight armed robberies.
The winter 2013 hold-ups at filling stations in Woodland Hills, Newhall, Encino, Thousand Oaks and Atwater Village, and a Citibank branch in Glendale, were captured on surveillance camera. In one instance, prior to an Encino robbery, Dorsey’s face and distinctive sneakers can be seen on video as he bought and pumped gas — before he returned to rob the place wearing the same shoes and driving a similar car.
Investigators also used video footage to determine that one of the robbers was missing part of his left ring finger, as is Bailey.
The government is asking U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder to slap an additional 14 years on top of Dorsey’s mandatory sentence for a total federal prison term of 121 years. Prosecutors concede in court papers that the additional time makes “little practical impact.”
The defense argued against the extra years.
“The chance of Mr. Dorsey completing the mandatory 107-year sentence … is the legal equivalent of Harvey Weinstein being given the Man of the Year award,” defense attorney Philip Deitch wrote in his sentencing position.
The prosecution said that the “violent, terroristic nature” of Dorsey’s crimes “cannot be overstated.” The defendants “repeatedly brandished and used a firearm to control and instill fear in innocent civilians in order to steal from them and their businesses,” leaving “a lasting impact of emotional trauma on the victims.”
Bailey also faces a mandatory 107 years in federal prison at his sentencing hearing in November.