The man convicted of burglarizing a Chula Vista Apple store in April of last year was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison.
Johnny Chenda was arrested for his connection to the smash-and-grab robbery of a South Bay Apple store in which a third suspect was shot and killed by a security guard.
Chenda was charged with six counts following his arrest, including attempted murder, conspiracy to commit a crime, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, attempted robbery and felony possession of a firearm.
At the time of the robbery, Apple store employees positively identified the suspects – Chenda, Melissa Ortiz and Alex Somphonh Choulamontry. Choulamontry was shot and killed in the get-a-way car by security guard Jose Jimenez.
Choulamontry was a documented gang member and on active California State parole, said Chula Vista Police Dept. spokesperson Bernard Gonzales in a previous article.
“Choulamontry had convictions for theft, possession of controlled substances, driving under the influence and false identification to a peace officer,” Gonzales said.