REDWOOD CITY — Three of the four Pacifica men convicted of robbery for planning an August 2008 motel heist were sentenced Wednesday in San Mateo County Superior Court.
The three men — Christopher Bautista, 22, Jairus Nicholas Payabyab, 19, and Richard Mark Caylao, 18 — had pleaded guilty Dec. 30 to robbery charges for their roles in an assault last year on motel employees and the theft of $50,000 in cash that had been hidden in motel jugs.
On Wednesday, Bautista and Caylao were each sentenced to a year in county jail and three years of probation. Payabyab was sentenced to two years in prison, according to San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
His brother, Jezar Payabyab, 18, will be sentenced Friday, as his attorney was unable to attend the Wednesday's hearing, Wagstaffe said.
Prosecutors said the Payabyab brothers, who worked for the motel owner before the robbery, and their two friends told the robbers, who have yet to be caught, that the motel owner kept large amounts of money hidden inside jugs inside the motel.
The Payabyab brothers and Bautista each admitted to police that they helped the robbers plan the crime, prosecutors said.
Motel cameras captured Jezar Payabyab unlocking a back door through which the robbers entered 30 minutes later, prosecutors said. Meanwhile, Jairus Payabyab and Bautista drove the robbers to and from the motel to commit the crime, prosecutors said.
Police are still looking for the individuals who bound and assaulted the motel workers before taking the $50,000.
Staff writer Michael Manekin contributed to this story.