Ridgecrest resident Robert Byas was sentenced Thursday to serve 25 years-to-life in state prison, on top of another 16-year sentence, according to the District Attorney’s office.

The DA’s office issued an advisory noting that a jury convicted Byas in September for a July 27, 2017, robbery. Byas has a previous record involving past violent felony convictions.

In the July 2017 incident, Byas confronted a 38-year-old victim walking in the 300 block of West Wilson Avenue, “viciously beat the victim and stole the victim’s backpack,” according to the advisory.

Byas was previously convicted of three felony robberies and once for assault with a firearm. Kern County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Green used those previous convictions as grounds to sentence Byas under California’s three strikes law.

Burroughs, RPD search of vehicle yields airsoft gun

Information received by Burroughs High School administration of a possible weapon in a student’s car resulted in a brief search by Ridgecrest police officers Friday morning.

According to a message to parents from Principal Bryan Auld, the school and RPD searched the vehicle.

“After conducting a thorough search of the vehicle, an airsoft pellet gun was located,” Auld said. “As a result, school officials and police took appropriate action.”

Auld reminded that both penal and education code prohibit the possession of any imitation firearm on all school grounds.

“Student safety is always our greatest priority.  In addition, we are committed to communicating with our stakeholders anytime there is an incident that could cause concern,” Auld said. “We do this so that the information is timely and accurate.”