A Fremont man has been sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting a man during a burglary gone wrong at an apartment building in Hayward three years ago. Richard Delosangeles, 25, pleaded guilty in May to second-degree murder for killing 28-year-old Maurice Collins at Collins’ apartment in the 29000 block of Vanderbilt Street in Hayward shortly before midnight on Jan. 4, 2011.
Prosecutor Jimmie Wilson said Delosangeles and his friend, 24-year-old Joseph Connors of Hayward, had called Collins earlier that night in an attempt to buy marijuana but Collins didn’t have any marijuana to sell so he turned off his phone. Connors and Delosangeles then decided to burglarize Collins’ home so Connors put on his bulletproof vest and gave Delosangles his 40-caliber handgun, according to Wilson.
Hayward police said Connors and Delosangeles climbed a tree that gave them access to a second-story balcony, where they broke into Collin’s apartment through a sliding glass patio door. One they were inside, the two men confronted Collins and his girlfriend, police said. Collins reached for his 9mm handgun but was shot in the head by Delosangeles before he could get off a shot, according to Wilson.
The prosecutor said that after the fatal shooting Delosangeles felt bad about it and “told everybody about it,” including his mother and cousin. Wilson said Connors decided to “beat Delosangeles to the punch” by going to Hayward police the next day and claiming that he was “a good Samaritan” and could help them solve Collins’s murder.
Connors told the police that Delosangeles had bragged to him that he murdered Collins and subsequently provided police with the murder weapon, clothing, and recordings of Delosangeles bragging about the murder, Wilson said. After Delosangeles was arrested, he confessed to being the person who fired the shot that killed Collins but implicated Connors as being present at the scene, according to Wilson.
The prosecutor said Delosangeles took responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty to second-degree murder but Connors fought the charges against him and his case went to trial. On July 8, jurors convicted Connors of first-degree murder and the special circumstance of committing a murder during a burglary so he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he’s sentenced on Sept. 11.
Delosangeles apologized for his actions before he was sentenced in Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward on Thursday, according to Wilson. Collins’ mother and girlfriend spoke at the hearing, as did the mother of his child, Wilson said.
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