A 33-year-old man who shot a woman in the face with a BB gun as she held her child during one of a series of San Gabriel Valley home invasion robberies was sentenced Thursday to 374 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.

Jose Lewis Avila was convicted in July of carrying out nine robberies in March and April 2011, often targeting women driving alone. Upon arriving home, Avila accosted the women, demanding money and other items, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
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Each time, Avila covered his face with a bandanna or mask and used a BB gun, shooting one of his victims in the face.

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