Two convicted felons who assaulted and carjacked a Corona man, then led police on a pursuit that ended with a crash in which two people were injured, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges and were immediately sentenced to state prison.
Donovan Robert Adame, 22, and Eric “Mac” Guzman, 21, were arrested in January.
During a status hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice Wednesday morning, Adame admitted a charge of assault with a deadly weapon and a sentence-enhancing gang allegation, while Guzman admitted one count each of robbery, eluding law enforcement officers resulting in an injury collision and driving under the influence resulting in injuries, with a sentence-enhancing gang allegation.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Eric Keen certified the terms of the two plea deals and imposed the sentences stipulated by the prosecution and defense — 13 years in prison for Adame, and 12 years behind bars for Guzman.
According to Corona police Sgt. Chad Fountain, shortly after 4 p.m. on Jan. 9, the defendants confronted a man as he prepared to get into his 2016 Honda Accord in the 400 block of River Road.
The victim’s keys were forcibly taken, and a bystander who attempted to intervene was roughed up, according to investigators.
The defendants fled in the Honda, and the victim called 911, at which point an alert was broadcast to patrol units, prompting a citywide search for the car, Fountain said.
The Honda was spotted about 6 p.m. in the 200 block of East Olive Street, with Guzman alone in the vehicle. Officers signaled him to stop, but the probationer floored it, triggering a pursuit that ended minutes later when he collided with two cars and ultimately plowed into a tree in the 700 block of Main Street, according to the sergeant.
Two women in the cars struck by the defendant were hospitalized with minor to moderate injuries. They have since recovered.
Guzman also suffered minor injuries, for which he was treated, then booked into jail, Fountain said.
According to court records, Guzman has prior convictions for felony vandalism, gang activity and being in possession of a controlled substance.
Adame has priors for robbery and using a minor as an accessory to a felony, records showed.