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Four plead guilty to robbing food writer, husband, in their La Jolla home

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Four San Bernardino men who participated in the armed robbery of food writer Jeanne Jones and her husband in their La Jolla home last year pleaded guilty Friday to robbery, assault and false imprisonment charges.

Thomas Walter Clark, 42, Aaron Jacob Espinosa, 23, and Hector Guerra, 31, and Miguel Ocegueda, 24, are scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 16 by Judge Michael Smyth,

Clark -- who has a prior 1996 robbery conviction -- will be sentenced to 45 years in prison. Espinosa and Guerra will get terms of 26 years and four months behind bars, and Ocegueda will receive a sentence of 14 years and four months.

Deputy District Attorney C.J. Mody said Clark, Espinosa and Guerra entered Jones' La JollaScenic Drive home about 6:30 p.m. last Nov. 5 armed with two semiautomatic handguns. Ocegueda did not enter the home and drove the getaway car, the prosecutor said.

"We do know that on this night, this was the only house that was targeted by these individuals," the prosecutor said.

A housekeeper opened the door to Guerra, who was holding a single rose and announced he had a flower delivery for Jones, the prosecutor said. Mody said the defendant repeatedly punched the woman in the face, knocked her to the ground and bound her with zip ties.

Three assailants then ran upstairs to a bedroom, where Jones, her husband, a nurse and a safe were located, Mody said.

Jones, who was in bed after undergoing a medical procedure to prepare for knee surgery, was forced at gunpoint to open the safe while her husband and her nurse were restrained, the prosecutor said.

Mody said the assailants grabbed Rolex watches, rings, cash and other jewelry and fled the home. He said the loss was about $50,000.

A United Parcel Service driver made a delivery at the house at the same time as the robbery and saw the armed men inside wearing ski masks, Mody said.

The driver was on the phone calling 911 when the defendants ran from the residence and jumped into an SUV, the prosecutor said. A helicopter crew quickly spotted the vehicle and pulled it over on state Route 52.

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