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'Evil Clown-Masked Robber' Convicted, Could Face 55-Years

District Attorney Jan Scully announced today that Vanna Sisounthone was convicted by jury of three counts of robbery, two counts of attempted robbery, two counts of false imprisonment and one count of assault with a firearm. The jury also found true that Sisounthone discharged the firearm during one robbery and used a firearm during all other crimes. 
The charges stemmed from three armed robberies that occurred in January 2012. Sisounthon, who wore an “evil clown mask” during all three crimes, robbed multiple convenience store employees and patrons. During the first robbery, he fired the gun, narrowly missing a patron. 

On January 21, 2012, he entered the Better Trade Market armed with a handgun. He immediately demanded money from the cashier and then pointed the gun at 77-year-old Beldev Dhillon. Mr. Dhillon, a retired police officer from India, immediately grabbed for the gun. He missed the gun, but was able to grab the mask from Sisounthone’s head. After a brief struggle, Sisounthone fled the market, leaving the mask behind. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Crime Lab was subsequently able to determine that the DNA found on the mask matched Sisounthone’s DNA. 

Sisounthone faces a maximum potential sentence of 55 years, 4 months in state prison. Sentencing is set for September 19, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in Department 17 before the Honorable Ernest Sawtelle. 

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