Two men and a woman received prison sentences ranging from six to 11 years for their parts in robbing a man at gunpoint at a Garden Grove motel and then forcing him to take the defendants to several ATMs so he could withdraw more money.
Fiona Temukisa Fiaseu, 30, who pleaded guilty in June, was sentenced Friday to six years in prison
Orange County Superior Court Judge John Conley said he received several letters of support from deputies in the Orange County Jail for Fiaseu, which he said was “very unusual.”
Co-defendant Francisco Javier Vasquez, 24, who pleaded guilty in June, was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison.
Co-defendant Timothy Joseph Perez pleaded guilty Friday and was immediately sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Co-defendant Finau Temukisa Fiaseu, 29, who is Fiona Fiaseu’s brother, pleaded guilty in April and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Co-defendant Soane Venasio Lelenoa, 29, awaits trial and was next due in court Jan. 4.
A 38-year-old Costa Mesa man had contacted Fiaseu through an online ad and arranged to meet with her at the Garden Grove Inn, 7912 Garden Grove Blvd., according to police.
The victim called police about 6:30 a.m., Aug. 15, 2014, reporting he was with Fiona Fiaseu in a room at the Garden Grove Inn earlier that morning when two men burst in and threatened him at gunpoint before punching and kicking him, according to police.
The robbers stole the man’s wallet, phone and car keys, police said.
A short time later, two other men showed up and forced the victim into his vehicle, using it to drive to the ATMs, police said.
The victim was held captive for two hours by the robbers before they dumped him off in Costa Mesa, police said.