Daly City man sentenced to 15 years in state prison on robbery and kidnapping charges

A Daly City man was sentenced to 15 years in state prison on Wednesday on felony robbery, kidnapping and grand theft charges, among others, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Ofisa Nuu Pele, 20, was arrested in connection with a May 28 robbery in which he and a juvenile suspect held up a man and woman at simulated gunpoint. The woman's phone was stolen and she was forced to withdraw from her bank account her last $40, Wagstaffe said.

On Jan. 30, Pele pleaded no contest to charges of felony robbery, felony attempted robbery, felony threats, felony kidnapping and felony grand theft, Wagstaffe said. The plea deal was made on the condition of no more than 15 years in state prison.

The day of the robbery, Pele and his accomplice made the woman drive them in her car to an ATM to clean out her bank account and then drive them back to where the ordeal started. Pele at one point apologized to the victims, saying his mother just died.

The two were arrested in June after police connected them to another robbery in which the victim was beaten and his backpack was stolen, Wagstaffe said. At that time, Pele admitted his crimes and claimed the simulated gun was actually a stick of deodorant.

On Wednesday, the court denied probation and sentenced Pele to 15 years in state prison with 299 days credit for time served. He is also responsible for restitution and court operations fines.

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