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A jury deliberated less than an hour on April 14 before convicting the last of four people charged for a 2009 Hollywood Hills home invasion robbery that left a resident and his dog wounded.
Deputy District Attorney Amy Ashvanian said
The jury found Phillip Anthony Pandy, 33, guilty of all counts, including home invasion robbery, attempted murder, cruelty to an animal, possession of a firearm by a felon, and an allegation of personally discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury.
A sentencing hearing was scheduled on June 28. Pandy is facing life in prison.
Pandy and co-defendants Jerry Dean Cunningham, 19; Elizabeth Hernandez, 25; and Uriel Salomon Miranda, 19; all drove to the victim’s home in the 8200 block of Mannix Drive shortly after midnight on Dec. 16, 2009. Hernandez, who worked as a housekeeper until she was fired by the victim, stayed in the car as the getaway driver, while Miranda served as a lookout.
When Pandy and Cunningham entered the residence, they were met by the victim’s male dog, a boxer-bulldog mix. Pandy shot the dog three times in the chest. When the victim heard the shots, he confronted the two suspects and was shot in the throat. After demanding money, the pair fled with more than $65,000 in cash and personal property.
All four suspects were arrested after a short pursuit. Both the victim and the dog later recovered.
On April 5, Cunningham and Miranda pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree residential robbery. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance Ito sentenced each defendant to eight years in state prison. Hernandez pleaded no contest on April 5 to home invasion robbery and evading an officer, and was sentenced to seven years, eight months in state prison.
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