Two defendants took a plea deal and were sentenced to several years in prison for binding an 80-year-old woman with duct tape during a home-invasion robbery last year in east Modesto.
Amanda Ortiz, 24, and Anthony Lamboy, 31, avoided a preliminary hearing scheduled to start this week. They pleaded no contest to carjacking with an enhancement for committing elder abuse. They also pleaded no contest to residential burglary with an enhancement for burglarizing a house while someone was home.
The judge sentenced Lamboy to seven years and four months in prison. Ortiz was sentenced to five years and four months in prison. Deputy District Attorney Meghan Greerty said the defendants faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison had they been convicted on all charges.
Initially, Ortiz and Lamboy were charged with home-invasion robbery, burglary, false imprisonment, elder abuse, assault likely to cause great bodily injury, carjacking, vehicle theft and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Greerty, who prosecuted the case, said a conviction on all charges would have resulted in a concurrent sentence. That means the sentence would stem from the most serious charge, carjacking. The prosecutor said the victim was pleased with the plea deal and happy she won’t need to testify in court.
Modesto police investigators have said the woman was tied up in her home in the 400 block of Hubert Drive on March 27, 2012. After Ortiz and Lamboy broke into the home, they bound her arms and legs with duct tape and gagged her.
Police said the pair then ransacked the victim’s house for more than an hour while she lay helpless. They then drove away from the house in the victim’s PT Cruiser with her purse.
The victim managed to get to her next-door neighbor’s house for help.
Investigators arrested Ortiz nearly a year after the home-invasion robbery. Lamboy was arrested a month after that.
Greerty said the defendants could receive a sentence of 25 years to life if they are convicted of another serious or violent crime under the state’s three-strikes law.