Miami Taxi Cab Robbery Suspect "Pistol" Pleads Guilty

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    NBC 6 South Florida
    Lionel Sanders

    A Miami man  pleaded guilty on Monday to robbing taxi cab drivers in Miami over the summer, prosecutors said Tuesday.

    Lionell Sanders, also known as "Pistol" on the streets, has admitted to robbing Super Yellow cab drivers in August 2013, prosecutors said

    He pointed a gun to victims’ heads, demanding all of their money and threatened to kill them, prosecutors said.

    Sanders’ fingerprints were found on a taxi driver’s door, according to Wifredo A. Ferrer, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

    The series of robberies, which Sanders organized in Miami, took place this summer and targeted taxi and food delivery drivers, officials said in a news release.

    In one case, a taxi cab driver was shot in the back on Aug. 20 when he was trying to resist from being robbed.

    Officials say Sanders bragged to his friends about the crimes and even posted photos of his firearms on Facebook.

    Sanders pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, two counts of armed robbery and two counts of possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, officials said.

    Sanders is due back in court on Feb. 20 and faces a minimum of 32 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life behind bars.