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Modesto woman faces 17 years

A 29-year-old Modesto woman faces up to 17 years in prison after she forced her way into a Modesto home and held a child, mother, father and neighbor at gunpoint, the Stanislaus County district attorney's office announced this week.

Patricia Avalos was convicted of home-invasion robbery, first-degree burglary and several enhancements after a three-day jury trial.

On Jan. 9, Avalos forced her way into a home on Eureka Street in Modesto armed with a semiautomatic handgun. Inside the home were the father and neighbor. The mother and a 2-year-old came home while the robbery was in progress.

Avalos held all the victims at gunpoint, threatening to kill them if they moved. With the assistance of four unidentified accomplices, Avalos took money and jewelry from the house and told the victims she would be coming back for more.

Avalos will be sentenced May 7.

Among other sentences announced:

Albert Gonzalez, 49, of Patterson was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison after being convicted of possession of methamphetamine and auto theft.

On Oct. 12 in Modesto, Gon- zalez ran a stop sign. An officer discovered Gonzalez had a small bag of methamphetamine.

On Feb. 25 in Modesto, Gonzalez was seen driving a 1994 white Chevy Silverado by the registered owner who had reported it stolen outside a restaurant in Ceres.

When the officer attempted a traffic stop, Gonzalez stopped the truck and ran. He was caught a short distance away. Gonzalez said he was driving the truck to pick up some methamphetamine from a friend at a trailer park on Seventh Street.

Talmadge Gregory, 31, of Modesto was sentenced to four years in a state rehabilitation center after being convicted of auto theft.

On June 8 in the Walgreens on Paradise Road in Modesto, Gregory attempted to steal some hair products and was caught by an employee. He fled the store and drove off in a 1998 white Chevy Astro van. The van had been reported stolen outside a Cost Less store in Modesto when the registered owner left the key in the ignition because, as he said, he "was too lazy to take it" with him into the store.

On June 9, a Modesto patrol officer saw Gregory driving the van. After a traffic stop, Gregory claimed that a "Christy" gave him the van about 15 minutes before the officer stopped him.

Gary Joseph Parchem Jr., 19, of Empire was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison after being convicted of auto theft, possession of methamphetamine and resisting arrest.

On Nov. 25 in Modesto, an officer saw a 2006 blue Chevy Colorado pickup parked on the side of the road. Parchem was walking away from the truck. The truck had been reported stolen after the registered owner parked the vehicle for the night in his driveway but accidentally dropped the key while walking to his front door.

The officer discovered Parchem also had a small bag of methamphetamine. The officer found Parchem's property inside the stolen truck.

On March 30 in Modesto, an officer saw Parchem driving a 1994 gold Acura Integra reported stolen March 28 out of the registered owner's driveway in Modesto. During a traffic stop, Parchem refused to comply with the officer's commands and walked away and was arrested.

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