REDWOOD CITY -- A San Francisco woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison for her role in a home invasion robbery that targeted a prostitute, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Jantar Kelly Phun, 33, was part of a ring holding up Asian sex workers that struck a Chinese woman in her San Mateo home. San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Jonathan Karesh handed down the sentence Wednesday, chief deputy district attorney Karen Guidotti said.
The July 11 crime was discovered after the victim, wearing only a T-shirt and with her hands tied behind her back, walked out of her house and told a witness she'd been robbed. Despite the woman asking the witness to call a phone number she gave him -- and not police -- he contacted authorities.
While police were following up on the crime the next day, officers found Phun in a car parked near the victim's apartment. Police searched the vehicle and found the prostitute's ID and cell phone as well as a real gun, a fake gun, zip ties and a police scanner.
Co-defendants Eddie Chi Wei Cheung, 21, of Oakland, and Samay Tow Pomsouvanh, 35, of Concord, are due back Jan. 30 for sentencing. They face six years and three years, respectively, behind bars, Guidotti said. Both pleaded no contest Dec. 10 to felony home invasion robbery. Phun pleaded no contest to the same crime Nov. 6.
All three remain at San Mateo County Jail.
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