A pair of transients pleaded guilty Wednesday to beating and attempting to stab another homeless man in Santa Ana.
Robert Paul Beach, 40, pleaded guilty to a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon and was immediately sentenced to two years in prison.
As part of the plea deal, additional charges of attempted murder and battery with serious bodily injury were dropped, along with sentencing enhancement allegations of attempted premeditated murder, inflicting great bodily injury and personal use of a deadly weapon.
Chelsea Danielle Cade, 28, also pleaded guilty to a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 270 days in jail. As part of her plea deal, a charge of attempted murder was dropped, along with sentencing enhancement allegations of attempted premeditated murder and the personal use of a deadly weapon.
The victim was attacked about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 under a bridge on Main Street near the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, where he camps out.
Beach slammed a metal rod over the man’s head for “touching his stuff,” according to police, who reported that Beach then hit the victim five more times all over his body.
When the victim got up and walked toward a nearby Red Roof Inn parking lot, Cade followed him with a knife. Police said she eventually asked someone else to chase after the victim and left the area, and the other person quickly ended the pursuit.
The victim, whose name was withheld, was taken to an area hospital to be treated for a cut to the head, police said.
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