A Long Beach man pleaded no contest to trying to rob a taxi driver and was sentenced to 13 years in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today.
During a hearing Monday, Enrique Junior Cervantes, 21, pleaded no contest to attempted first-degree robbery of a transit operator and admitted an allegation that he personally used a firearm during the Feb. 3 crime.
Cervantes pulled out a handgun and attempted to rob a taxi driver in Long Beach, according to prosecutors.
The gun went off when the taxi driver smacked it toward the vehicle's dashboard, prosecutors said.
The cab driver, who suffered minor injuries, drove to a nearby gas station, where he reported the crime, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Cervantes was arrested Feb. 20.
--City News Service
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