A San Jose man recently convicted of 10 felonies, including shooting a person he contacted on Craigslist, today admitted to beating a jail inmate and will be sentenced to nearly 55 years in prison, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
Thadias Kelly Orlando, also known as Thadias Kelly Washington-Orlando, appeared in Superior Court in San Jose before Judge Ronald Toff and declined to contest an assault charge with a gang enhancement in the assault on an inmate at the county’s Main Jail.
Orlando, 24, admitted to a felony charge of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and that he beat the inmate at the behest of a criminal street gang inside the jail last Sept. 8, according to Deputy District Attorney Katrina Ohde.
The defendant has admitted guilt in 10 other felony crimes committed since November 2011 and has agreed to be sentenced to 54 years and eight months in prison, Ohde said.
Since the crimes he committed involved violence, Orlando must complete 85 percent of that sentence under state law, Ohde said.
Toff set July 18 as the date for the sentence to be imposed on Orlando.
During today’s hearing, Orlando asked the judge if he could be sent to state prison right away since he has been incarcerated in the county jail in San Jose since January 2012.
But Toff said the county Probation Department needed time to draw up paperwork with the required fines and other details to be included in the lengthy sentence planned for the defendant.
Orlando’s crime spree started in 2011, when he was known to be carrying an illegal sawed-off shotgun despite being forbidden for life from possessing any firearm based on a felony burglary conviction in Santa Clara County in 2008, prosecutors said.
On Nov. 23, 2011, he used the short-barreled shotgun to force an employee at a 7-Eleven convenience store in San Jose to hand over cash from the register. He used the gun again to rob a cashier at another 7-Eleven store in the city on Dec. 7, 2011.
A day later, on Dec. 8, Orlando answered an ad on Craigslist to buy an iPhone from a San Jose man, met him on Neiman Boulevard in East San Jose and used the same shotgun to shoot the man during a botched attempt to rob him of his phone and wallet, Ohde said.
Orlando also stabbed the victim in the leg with a screwdriver during the course of the attempted robbery. The male victim survived the assault.
Orlando then fled the area and San Jose police turned to the U.S. Marshals Service to take over the search for him. The marshals eventually tracked Orlando to Modesto and arrested him there on Jan. 11, 2012.
Prosecutors, who wanted to avoid a lengthy trial on the array of felony charges, worked out an agreement with Orlando and his lawyer on the length of the sentence in exchange for guilty pleas, Ohde said.
In the Craigslist case, Orlando agreed to plead guilty to a count of attempted second degree robbery while intentionally discharging a firearm and personally inflicting great bodily injury, counts of possessing a short-barreled shotgun and possession of a firearm by a felon, all in the shooting, and a count of assault with a deadly weapon in the stabbing, Ohde said.
In the store robberies, he admitted to two counts of robbery in the second degree, two counts of possessing a short-barreled shotgun, and two counts of being a felon with a firearm.
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