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* Jose Carlos Delpalacio Convicted in Rohnert Park Home Invasion

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A Rio Nido man who held up the husband of his girlfriend at gunpoint in a home invasion burglary was convicted today of residential burglary, assault with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Prosecutors said that Jose Carlos Delpalacio, 24, barged into a Rohnert Park apartment at 4:30 a.m. on July 15 armed with a handgun.

The apartment was occupied by his girlfriend, Connie Holmes, 30, her soon to be ex-husband Matt Holmes, 29, and Matt Holmes’ four children, officials said. Delpalacio pointed the gun at Matt Holmes, but Holmes was able to retrieve his own gun, and Delpalacio fled the apartment with Connie Holmes.

The two were stopped a short distance away by police, who found the gun in the car. After hearing two days of testimony, a Sonoma County Superior Court jury found Delpalacio guilty of all crimes charged. In addition, the jury found that he had two prior strikes for a prior residential burglary and for participating in a street gang. Delpalacio is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 27, 2012. He faces a potential sentence of 40 years to life.

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