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.
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Warm weather is expected to return to San Diego this week peaking around the mid-week point. Temps should cool again by next weekend.
Two San Diego police officers were shot and wounded in a standoff at a College Area condominium that left the suspect dead late Saturday night.
A man was found dead under suspicious circumstances in a Vista apartment early Sunday, and homicide detectives were investigating, sheriff's deputies said.
Hundreds of statewide faith leaders will march Saturday afternoon to the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where they will protest immigration policies that separated more than 2,300 children from their parents.
A 325-acre blaze burning at Camp Pendleton Saturday was described as a ``training fire'' by a base official.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped today for the 16th consecutive day, decreasing nine-tenths of a cent to $3.697.
A crash on an Oceanside freeway Saturday morning left two cars on their roofs and sent one person to a hospital, a fire official
A stretch of road in National City was shut down briefly after a large crowd took to the streets to celebrate the Mexico national soccer team's 2-1 victory over South Korea today in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The San Diego Humane Society today urged residents to volunteer their homes as foster spaces for the influx of animals typically lost after Fourth of July.