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College student gets 60-year sentence for robbing poker game; Blom’s incredible run

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gavel2A 24-year-old student who had just earned a scholarship at Georgetown University has been sentenced to a staggering 60 years in prison for a 2011 case involving an armed robbery of a poker game at an apartment at College Park. The sentence was meted down after Sergio Hernandez was convicted last September of 52 counts, including robbery with a deadly weapon, first- and second-degree assault, and the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. Talk about flushing your future down the toilet.

At the time of his arrest, Hernandez had just been offered a scholarship to attend Georgetown University and was actually only a few credits away from earning an associate degree at Montgomery College, according to the Washington Examiner. But in a moment of sheer stupidity, this 24-year old threw away what could have been a promising future.

The 24-year old’s lawyer, Gary Gerstenfield, is leaning on his academic achievements as a last string of hope for his client to be granted leniency. But while the sentencing judge, Maureen Lamasney, acknowledged Hernandez’s academic talents, she also noted that an example had to be made in order to deter the individuals from falling into the same lapse of judgment that Hernandez subjected himself to.

Nonetheless, the judge will honor one request from Hernandez, recommending that the he spend his time at the Patuxent Institution, a correctional facility that offers educational opportunities. Hernandez is set to serve five years of mandatory sentencing with a potential for parole in about 30 years.

Blom channels Isildur1 dominance

Some of us have yet to fully recover from our New Year’s Eve hangover and already, one of the best poker pros in the world has already won in excess of $4 million.

Viktor Blom channeled his inner Isildur1 juju and has been on some kind of a hot streak since the calendar flipped to 2013, winning a staggering $4,297,985 in eight days worth of action. All in all, Blom played 11,338 hands and posted an average win of $359.24 per hand. Talk about a sizzling poker run, Blom’s giving new definition to that phrase.

Here’s the best part of Blom’s stirring run of dominance: he was actually supposed to be at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas where he was scheduled to defend the $100,000 Super High Roller event he won last year. But instead of hitting that scene, Blom opted to stay home and hit the tables over at Full Tilt. Guess he made the right call on that one, eh?

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