SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who broke into unoccupied hotel rooms at several San Diego Bay-area hotels and stole more than $12,000 in valuables was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years in state prison.
Vincent Eric Richardson, 51, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to burglary and receiving stolen property.
Deputy District Attorney Rick Clabby noted that Richardson had similar burglary and robbery convictions dating back to 1988.
"There's no stop to it," Clabby said as he urged Judge Eugenia Eyherabide to order a harsher sentence for Richardson, who faced a maximum of 79 years to life.
Eyherabide, in striking the 1988 strike, ruled that the conviction was old and involved the defendant posing as a Marriott hotel guest and breaking into three rooms on the same day while they were being cleaned.
In the current case, Richardson broke into three hotel rooms on different days in August and September of 2011. The defendant was detained on Sept. 6, 2011, by Marriott hotel security officers following a brief foot chase. Authorities said he was carrying a laptop computer stolen from a guest room minutes earlier.
Authorities also said Richardson took $3,000 worth of property from a room at the same hotel 11 days earlier.
Prior to Tuesday's sentencing, the judge denied Richardson's motion to withdraw his guilty pleas.