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Navy vet faces February sentencing

Sat, Jan 29 2011 12:00 PM Posted By: Neal Putnam

Soyla Bernice Gobert, 30, of Chula Vista, will be sentenced Feb. 25 after pleading guilty to committing two robberies at a Coach Department store in Chula Vista and two other hold-ups at a La Jolla nail salon hours later.

Gobert faces a maximum term of eight years in state prison.

She held up the Coach store, at 2015 Birch Road and robbed Dan's Nails & Spa, in La Jolla. People tackled her outside the nail salon before she could get away.

Her attorney, Ian Pancer, has filed documents with San Diego Superior Court Judge Theodore Weathers that say she suffered from post traumatic stress disorder from her service with the U.S. Navy in Iraq.

The papers also say she has bipolar mental disorder and experienced her first manic episode in the Iraqi desert in 2003.

Gobert was with the Navy for five years. She remains in the Las Colinas Detention Facility on $75,000 bail.


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