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Man Sentenced in Robbery of USC Students

The robbery occured just a week after the robbery and shooting of two grad students.

A Los Angeles man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for robbing a group of USC students at gunpoint last Spring.

Jeremy Hendricks pleaded no contest to two counts of robbery and one count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and admitted a gun use allegation, according to Deputy District Attorney Mario Haidar.

On April 18, just days after the fatal USC shooting of two international students, Hendricks is accused of approaching two female and two male students walking along USC's Greek Row. He allegedly pulled a gun and demanded their belongings during the early morning hours, according to the prosecutor.

One student hid behind a car while the other three students put items into Hendricks' backpack. They flagged down a DPS officer afterward.

Hendricks was shot in the leg by a DPS officer near 28th and Figueroa streets prior to his arrest. He was already on probation for a January 2012 conviction for possession of a deadly weapon.

The shooting took place a few blocks from the Shrine Auditorium, hours before the memorial for Ming Qu and Ying Wu.

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