A 35-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to posing as a deliveryman in a home invasion robbery in Garden Grove nearly two years ago and was immediately sentenced to a year in jail, or time already served behind bars, according to court records.
Jerry Cleveland Coleman of Garden Grove pleaded guilty to a single count of felony first-degree robbery in a plea deal he accepted from Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald. Fourteen other felony counts of robbery, false imprisonment and assault with a semiautomatic firearm along with multiple other sentencing enhancement allegations such as committing a crime against a vulnerable victim were dismissed.
Coleman was also placed on three years of formal probation.
Coleman was originally charged with participating in two home invasion robberies — on Aug. 11, 2014, in the 13500 block of Merello Street and another break-in at 8732 Hewitt Place on Aug. 13, 2014.
In the Aug. 13, 2014, stickup, Coleman and two others broke into the home through an unlocked garage door, according to prosecutors.
While one adult man was upstairs, his son and daughter, 9 and 13, and their cousin, a 7-year-old girl, were in the living room. The man’s adult sister was “seated at the kitchen table when three black males entered the residence through the garage door, announced ‘FBI,’ ” according to a court filing from prosecutors.
The robbers tied up the home’s occupants and then rummaged through the residence to steal property.
In the Merello Street home invasion, two teenagers and a 23-year-old woman were home when they heard a knock at the door and saw two men there holding flowers like they were delivery men, according to Garden Grove police and prosecutors. As soon as they opened the door, three armed men rushed in, police said.
Coleman could have faced up to 103 years in prison if convicted at trial.
–City News Service