FAIRFIELD — A career criminal who pulled an armed takeover robbery of the Chuck E. Cheese pizzeria on Oliver Road in October 2009 lost his appeal Wednesday in a San Francisco court that challenged his conviction and subsequent 62-years-to-life prison sentence.
Antoine Thomas, 37, and an accomplice he refused to name, walked into the restaurant shortly after it opened and held the eight employees at gunpoint before looting a safe of about $1,300 and fleeing.
Thomas claimed that during his jury trial his lawyer should have called alibi witnesses who would have said Thomas was at a barber shop around the time of the robbery. During the trial, pizzeria employees identified Thomas as one of the robbers and Fairfield police used video camera surveillance footage to identify Thomas as the robber.
Thomas was also found guilty of several drug-dealing charges after police found him in a car at an apartment in 2007 with $900 worth of cocaine in his pockets and in a plastic bag next to where he was seated.
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