A 21-year-old woman was sentenced in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland this morning to five years in state prison for her involvement in a crime spree by her ex-boyfriend that included firing shots during a robbery that struck a young boy while he was taking a piano lesson. Maeve Clifford initially faced 10 felony counts stemming from her involvement in the crimes, which also included the carjacking of a red Dodge Charger from former state Sen. President Pro Tem Don Perata on Dec. 29, 2007, and robbing a gas station on Jan. 10, 2008. On Jan. 12, prosecutors allowed Clifford to plead guilty to two felony counts in exchange for her testimony against her ex-boyfriend, Jared Adams.The counts were for robbery, in connection with the gas station incident, and for being an accessory after the fact, for the carjacking. In addition, she pleaded guilty to a charge that she knew Adams was armed with a gun in the gas station incident.During the gas station robbery, Adams fired three shots, one of which traveled across the street, went through a wall and struck 10-year-old Christopher Rodriguez as he took a piano lesson at the Harmony Road Music School. The shooting left Rodriguez partially paralyzed.Adams was convicted in March and was sentenced in June to 70 years to life in prison for the crimes.Judge Larry Goodman said today that Clifford was “very forthcoming, and helped the jury reach the right verdict.”During her testimony in the trial, Clifford said that before she began a serious relationship with Adams in the spring of 2007, she was in a relationship with a man in Minnesota who killed their 15-month-old daughter. The man was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison.The plea agreement had originally called for Clifford to be sentenced to six years, but it was modified to five years.Clifford and Adams are jointly responsible for paying $54,649.23 in restitution for the crimes, including $50,109.23 to Rodriguez.Clifford, who was born in Santa Rosa, raised in Berkeley and worked at a Starbucks shop on Solano Avenue, said during the trial that since being in custody, she has taken classes that have helped her deal with domestic violence, abusive relationships and codependency.New Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley was in the courtroom today to represent the prosecution.O’Malley prosecuted the case before being appointed earlier this month to fill the rest of the term of Tom Orloff, who retired after heading the office for more than 15 years.O’Malley said Clifford was “completely honest and completely open” during her testimony.”It’s clear that from the bottom of her heart she is very remorseful and very sorry for what happened to Christopher and to his family,” O’Malley said.O’Malley said Christopher is doing well and continues to push himself during his physical therapy sessions.
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