A 21-year-old East Palo Alto resident faces up to 11 years in state prison after pleading no contest to one felony count of residential burglary in Menlo Park and one felony count of assault while at the San Mateo County Maguire Correctional Facility in 2015.
Under a plea deal, Carlos Saavedra Yepez could face that sentence, in part because of a previous felony conviction for residential burglary, prosecutors said.
When approached by police, Mr. Yepez drove off and hit a parked car and unmarked police car, according to prosecutors. He then got out of the car and ran away.
Later, while police were searching the area, he and an accomplice were seen emerging from a home on O'Connor Street in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park carrying two computers and a screwdriver, according to prosecutors.
Mr. Yepez allegedly dropped the equipment but was apprehended by the police.
A resident later reported two stolen computers and pry marks on her door.
Mr. Yepez on April 14 pleaded no contest to felony assault during a gang fight in October 2015 that broke out between the Norteno and Sureno gangs at the San Mateo County Maguire Correctional Facility after a technician at the jail accidentally activated a cell door release mechanism reserved for emergencies. Mr. Yepez is a documented Norteno gang member and was involved in the fight, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
He remains in custody on $450,000 bail. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for Friday, June 9.