Former Cal Poly football player sentenced to five years in prison
July 12, 2016
A former Cal Poly football player was sentenced to five years and two months in prison for trying to rob a San Luis Obispo fraternity house at gunpoint. The former wide receiver faced a minimum sentence of 4.5 years and a maximum of 16 years.
Cameron Marcel Akins, 20, was the point man in the Aug. 2014 robbery attempt that led to the arrest and conviction of five Cal Poly football players. Akins carried a .38-caliber Derringer-style pistol into the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house, pointed it at frat members and demanded cash and drugs. Akins then fought and bit an officer prior to being arrested.
The sentence Akins received took into account his youthfulness, lack of criminal history and his lead role in the case, a district attorney’s office press release states. District Attorney Dan Dow released a statement saying the sentence sends a message to the community.
“While it is sad for a young adult who otherwise had a very promising future to be sentenced to state prison, the criminal conduct in this case was very serious and must be handled accordingly,” Dow said. “The prison sentence sends a strong message to all in our community, including young adults, that choices to get involved in crime have life changing consequences.”
In May, Akins pleaded no contest to charges of attempted robbery with the use of a firearm, residential burglary and resisting a peace officer by use of force. Akins was the last of the five defendants to be sentenced.
The other former Cal Poly players, Cortland Fort; Jake Brito; Dominique Love; and Kristaan Ivory, pleaded no contest to conspiracy charges. Only Love received jail time. Love was sentenced to a year in jail.
At the time of the break-in, Akins was slotted to be a starting receiver for Cal Poly. Ivory was the star of the team. None of the five players returned to the Cal Poly squad.
A month after the robbery attempt, police arrested the former president of Delta Sigma Phi for selling marijuana out of the frat house. The former fraternity president pleaded no contest last year to possession of marijuana for sale. A few months after that, Cal Poly officials cut ties with Delta Sigma Phi following a university investigation that found fraternity members had knowledge of drug sales taking place at the frat house.