A refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) has been sentenced to serve more than 12 years in federal prison for carjacking a vehicle last June and then robbing a fast-food restaurant days later, leading police on a high-speed chase.

During a hearing in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, Malco Kiyabo Kundo, 22, of West Valley City, was sentenced to 147 months in prison for carjacking, robbery and using a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

U.S. District Judge Kimball also recommended that Kundo be sent to a prison facility where he can receive a mental health evaluation.

Last January Kundo accepted a plea deal in which he admitted that on June 29 he and another male approached a car at the drive-through window of a restaurant at 2901 East and 3300 South in Salt Lake City. Armed with a .45-caliber handgun and a shotgun, Kundo admitted he and the other male ordered the people out of the car and stole it.

Several days later on July 2, Kundo robbed a Wendy's restaurant at 2100 South and 1300 East, using the same stolen vehicle, making off with about $217. He later led police on a high-speed chase that ended when officers spiked his tires. Kundo refused to get out of the vehicle, which had dark tinted windows. Police had to smash the windows and pull Kundo from the car.

Part of Kundo's sentence includes a mandatory-minimum sentence of seven years for brandishing a firearm. That sentence must be served at the end of any other sentence he received.

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