Three sentenced in January Glendale home invasion robbery

Three men were sentenced to prison Wednesday after pleading no contest to forcing their way into a Glendale home in January, beating one of the residents and robbing others at gunpoint, officials said.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Daryl Mavis immediately sentenced Sylas Joseph, 29, and Gino O'Neal, 25, to 20 years in prison on a home-invasion robbery charge, according to Shiara Dávila-Morales, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

O'Neal and Joseph had previous convictions for first-degree burglary and attempted robbery, respectively. They also admitted to using a handgun during the incident.

The third man, 28-year-old Cole Richman, was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading no contest to charges of home-invasion robbery and assault with a firearm, she said.

April Cobb, a fourth defendant, also pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact and was sentenced to 180 days in county jail, Dávila-Morales said. She was also ordered to complete three years of probation.

At about 5:15 a.m. on Jan. 2, the men allegedly brandished handguns as they broke into the Glendale home in the 700 block of Patterson Avenue, where three men and a woman were sleeping inside.

One resident was beaten with a gun and suffered a cut on his head, while the other residents were reportedly robbed at gunpoint.

Richman and Joseph were arrested at the scene after crashing their vehicle near the intersection of Concord Street and Wilson Avenue.

O'Neal was able to evade a police perimeter, but investigators found him in the 8000 block of Antwerp Avenue in Los Angeles in April and took him to custody.

The following month, Cobb, 30, was arrested in connection with the robbery.

The group is expected to appear on Feb. 6 for a restitution hearing in the Los Angeles Superior Court in Pasadena.


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