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Judge orders trial for 2 in Rancho San Diego home invasion robbery; 2 plead guilty

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two men accused of involvement in a home invasion robbery in which a Rancho San Diego family was tied up and their dog shot were ordered to stand trial Wednesday, while two co-defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges.

After a two-day preliminary hearing, Judge John Einhorn ordered Steve Goria and Ranse Shaba to stand trial on robbery and burglary charges stemming from the break-in last Dec. 15.

Christopher Salmu and David Gates pleaded guilty to conspiracy and will be sentenced Aug. 12 and Sept. 9, respectively.

Goria and Shaba will be back in court July 27 for arraignment in Superior Court.

Goria and Gates are among 10 people charged in federal court in an illegal gambling scheme involving the basketball program at University of San Diego.

Sheriff's investigators allege all four defendants carried out the home invasion robbery on Wildwind Drive, taking cash, guns and jewelry.

During the crime, one of the victims was pistol-whipped, his daughter had a gun held to her head and their dog was shot. The animal received emergency care at a veterinary clinic and survived.

An FBI agent testified that investigators had been looking into Goria for alleged illegal marijuana trafficking and involvement in a sports bribery ring and had set up a wiretap to listen to some of the defendant's phone calls.

Among those calls were conversations between Goria and Shaba and Goria and Salmu regarding the home-invasion robbery, the FBI agent testified during the preliminary hearing.

 

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