- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Three men blamed for more than 30 armed robberies in the Houston area during a three-week period have been sentenced to federal prison.

The men - all in their 20s - each pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and to two counts of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a violent crime.

Investigators say the men targeted restaurants, stores and phone companies in January 2015.

Jamone Jones was sentenced Thursday to 49 years in prison. A federal judge in Houston ordered Jerrol Bluford to serve 46 years. Calvin Smith was sentenced to 41 years behind bars.

Prosecutors say a fourth man pleaded guilty to similar counts and awaits sentencing.

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