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INDIANAPOLIS–A man who terrorized his victims with bear spray and a metal pipe during four armed robberies two years ago, will spend the rest of his life in a federal prison. Jerry Davis, 51, was sentenced to life plus 20 years under the federal three strikes law.

Davis, of Indianapolis, was convicted this summer of the robberies, which happened at two Speedway convenience stores, a Denny’s and the Taste of Indiana restaurant.

Court documents said that Davis had a history of violent felony convictions in state court, resulting in his federal life sentence.

“Mr. Davis has been victimizing the citizens of this community with his violent behavior for twenty-five years,” said U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers. “Each time the defendant returned to the community from prison he could have changed his ways. Instead, he chose to engage in a series of violent attacks against innocent victims. The serious sentence imposed demonstrates that repeat violent offenders will be held accountable for their actions.”

“Identifying Mr. Davis and ending his reign of terror over the community would not have been possible without the ongoing collaboration the FBI has with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department,” said FBI Indianapolis Acting Special Agent in Charge Gregory Nelsen. “It is through such partnerships that we will continue to bring to justice those who think they are above the law and can conduct their illegal activities without repercussions.”

There is no parole in the federal system.