LANCASTER – A Lancaster man with two prior strikes was sentenced Friday to 35 years to life in state prison for his role in assaulting a bar patron with rocks and robbing him, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Chase Lee Collins, 28, was convicted Jan. 29 of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and second-degree robbery in connection with an attack last July 18 near Schooners Patio Grille in Lancaster.
Collins had two prior strikes — robbery in 2009 and assault with a deadly weapon by a prisoner in 2010, according to Deputy District Attorney Steven Mac.
Co-defendant Robert Gerald Zygo, 29, was also convicted of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and second-degree robbery. He is facing eight years in state prison, with sentencing set April 20 in Lancaster, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The case stems from an incident that occurred July 18, 2015, in Lancaster.
Shortly past midnight, the victim walked into Schooners Patio Grille where he recognized the two defendants as past acquaintances, the prosecutor said. Soon after, the three walked to an isolated area where an argument began over a years-old dispute over marijuana sales and theft, according to evidence presented at the trial.
Collins and Zygo punched, choked, and hit the victim with rocks picked up from the ground, the prosecutor added. The two went through the man’s pockets while he was on the ground and took his cellphone, keys, wallet, and $1,300 in cash that the victim said was rent money, according to court testimony.
Once the assault was over, the defendants snuck back into the bar, but the victim was denied entry because of his visible injuries, the prosecutor said.
The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Lancaster Station.