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This story was updated on March 21, 2013.

Henry Levi Sanders, 50, of Landover was convicted Wednesday of carjacking and kidnapping a 77-year-old Silver Spring man and pleaded guilty to two other carjacking cases in Montgomery County.

Sanders has a scheduled May 16 sentencing.

“This verdict sends a strong message that carjackings and kidnappings will not be tolerated in our community,” Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said in a written statement announcing the verdict.

“If you rob our citizens, especially our most vulnerable members, senior citizens, police will find you and we will put you behind bars,” he said in the press release.

Sanders’ attorney, Joseph Atkins, could not be reached for comment.

Gustav Goldberger, 77, of Silver Spring, a grandfather of 32 and great-grandfather of nine, was one of three victims whom Sanders was accused of carjacking and assaulting in Montgomery County the week after Thanksgiving 2011. The crimes happened while Sanders was free on bail after facing similar charges earlier that month in Prince George’s County. He pleaded guilty to kidnapping in those cases immediately after being convicted Wednesday.

“I think justice was done, and that’s what I had expected,” Goldberger said of the verdict.

sjbsmith@gazette.net