Justin Ralph Mitchell, 27, of Redwood City, who was convicted in June of two Woodside residential burglaries, was sentenced to 33 years in state prison on Friday, Oct. 17.
Mr. Mitchell's "crime spree" in October 2013 included two nighttime burglaries of occupied residences in Woodside, five commercial burglaries and several identity theft felonies, San Mateo County prosecutors said. A jury convicted him on 20 of 21 counts.
According to a report from District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, prosecutors had asked for 33 years, a sentence that Mr. Mitchell's defense attorney, Michael Hroziencik, called "draconian," asking instead for 15 years and eight months. Mr. Hroziencik was not available for comment.
At the sentencing hearing, Mr. Mitchell's mother, grandmother, teenage sister and a family friend testified, asking the judge for leniency, Mr. Wagstaffe said.
Mr. Mitchell was on parole at the time of the burglaries, prosecutors said. His conviction added a "third strike" to his record, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti told the Almanac.
Burglary of an occupied residence is considered a violent felony, which means that Mr. Mitchell will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, Ms. Guidotti said.
Mr. Mitchell had been in custody on $405,000 bail. His sentence included credit for 420 days of time served.
Mr. Mitchell was a suspect in three Woodside burglaries in which the residents were at home and asleep: two in the 200 block of Crest Road and one in the 100 block of Croydon Way, Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt of the county Sheriff's Office said at the time. The jury convicted Mr. Mitchell on just two of the burglaries.
The commercial burglaries included Kohlweiss Autoparts in Redwood City and an attempt to use a stolen credit card at a Rite Aid pharmacy, Ms. Guidotti said.