Almanac

News - September 8, 2010

Westridge burglary suspects plead no contest in plea deal

Two South San Francisco men pleaded no contest to burglary charges Thursday, Sept. 2, in connection with a March 2010 incident in the Westridge neighborhood of Portola Valley.

In a plea agreement in San Mateo County Superior Court, Nathaniel James Rohman, 33, pleaded no contest to burglary, possession of drugs, and grand theft, all felonies, in exchange for a sentence that includes two years in state prison and $400 in fines, Assistant District Attorney Karen Guidotti said in a report.

Gary Wayne Ledbetter, 42, pleaded no contest to one count of burglary in a deal that would put him in prison for no more than 16 months, Ms. Guidotti said. He will be sentenced in October.

The incident unfolded in the 200 block of Golden Hills Drive when sheriff's deputies noticed and interviewed Mr. Ledbetter, who was sitting in a pickup truck that matched a description from an earlier incident.

After admitting that he was a parolee and thus subject to random search and seizure, deputies searched Mr. Ledbetter's truck and found a bolt-cutter, wire cutters and a reciprocating saw, "all tools for entering and possibly removing things," a deputy told The Almanac at the time.

Mr. Ledbetter then received a call on his cell phone from Mr. Rohman asking to be picked up on nearby Fawn Lane. Deputies placed Mr. Ledbetter in a squad car and used his truck to rendezvous with Mr. Rohman, who ran briefly but gave up after seeing a patrol car approaching, deputies said.

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