MIAMI — A total of seven people have been sentenced to federal prison for a string of violent armed robberies in South Florida.

A U.S. Attorney’s Office news release says 24-year-old Andrew Nelson was sentenced Tuesday to more than 138 years in prison. He was convicted in January of multiple robbery and firearms charges. Six others previously received sentences ranging from 3-35 years.

Court records show in 2006, the group began robbing civilians, businesses, a bank and drug traffickers in Miami-Dade County. Nelson and the others would shoot at victims and sell the narcotics they stole from other drug dealers.

After their arrest, members of the grouped used jailhouse telephone calls to plan crimes, collect debts and arrange an attack on state prosecution witnesses.

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