Man who broke into Chula Vista home along with 2 others, prompting teen to hide in closet, sentenced
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CHULA VISTA, Calif. - An 18-year-old man who broke into a Chula Vista home along with two 17-year-old boys, prompting a teenage girl to hide in a closet while awaiting the arrival of authorities, was sentenced Monday to a year in jail.
South Bay Superior Court Judge Garry Haehnle suspended a six-year prison sentence for Robin Sadik, which won't be imposed unless the defendant fails to successfully complete three years on probation.
Sadik looked remorseful as he hung his head in court, lifting it only to address the judge.
"I truly am sorry for what happened and that being incarcerated really has changed the way I think, and I'm 100 percent sure it won’t ever happen again," Sadik said.
Sadik, of El Cajon, pleaded guilty last month to residential burglary and receiving stolen property and admitted an auto theft charge and a misdemeanor count of giving false information to a peace officer.
Two 17-year-old boys arrested after the break-in were prosecuted in Juvenile Court, said Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Matzger.
Chula Vista police said the teenage girl was home alone on Avenida Altamira shortly before 1 p.m. March 19 when she heard a knock at the front door and saw a stranger opening a window. She called 911 as she heard people entering the home and hid in an upstairs closet.
"Clearly frightened but remarkably composed, the caller remained on the phone with a dispatcher, providing additional information while the (burglars) were still inside and while officers were responding," Chula Vista police Capt. Gary Wedge said after the incident.
He said Sadik and the two boys were loading filched property into a nearby vehicle when police arrived minutes later. The girl identified the stolen items, and the three suspects were arrested.
Now, Sadik is on watch and Haehnle had a list of reasons for the sentence.
He noted there were no injuries and no weapons. He said Sadik is young at just 18, and his parents had just separated.
Sadik's father said he was homeless at the time. He may have been desperate for money and food.
Sadik's family is Chaldean. They told 10News it brought shame to their family, but they say it is not who he is. They said he made a mistake.
"A lot of great people wrote letters for you," Haehnle told Sadik. "They all believe you can make it, your attorney believes you can make it, your probation officer believes you can make it.
“If you violate any of those terms and condition of probation, there are no if ands or buts," Haehnle said. "There's six years of prison hanging over your head. That's what’s going to happen."
Sadik was sentenced to one year in jail. Because of time he already served and a number of other factors, he could be released in a matter of days.
10News has learned the two 17-year-olds received similar sentences without the consequence of a six-year prison term if they violate probation.
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