Plea deal in array of crimes earns man 18 months

A 28-year-old Redwood City man accused of an escalating pattern of disturbing behavior — from leering at teens to breaking into a child’s bedroom to ramming a family’s car repeatedly in a fit of road rage — was sentenced Friday to a year and a half behind bars.

As part of a Nov. 28 plea agreement, Freddy Delacruz Cordova pleaded no contest toa felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon likely to produce great bodily injury, and misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and child annoyance.

The child annoyance charge was reduced from a felony as part of the plea deal. He will also have to register as a sex offender.

“Obviously, he is a man with an alcohol and anger management problem,” San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. “Hopefully, spending 18 months in the county jail will make him want to restrain himself.”

Prosecutors say Cordova had stared and wagged his tongue at his neighbor’s teenage daughters for more than a year when, on June 6, he broke into their home in the middle of the night. Cordova stepped over two girls sleeping on the floor and sat on the 13-year-old’s bed, staring at her. When the girls woke up and started screaming, authorities say, Cordova ran out of the apartment.

On Nov. 16, while that case was pending, Cordova was again arrested. While driving drunk on Middlefield Road in Redwood City, Cordova became enraged when he thought a car cut him off, according to prosecutors.

“The victim didn’t even know they cut him off,” Wagstaffe said.

Prosecutors said Cordova slammed into the rear of the car twice, then sped in front of it and slammed on his brakes, causing a collision. The mother, father and two young children in the car were not injured. A Redwood City police officer who witnessed the crime arrested Cordova.

Judge John Grandsaert sentenced Cordova to one year for the assault with a deadly weapon and six months for the child annoyance, but no additional time for the drunken driving. Cordova also received three years’ probation and was ordered to pay restitution to his victims.

Cardova could have faced about five years in prison had he not taken the plea deal, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

tbarak@examiner.com

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