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Suspects strike deals in Plymouth Ave. murders

Victoria Frances Thompson and Kim Pham were among eight accused of murdering brother and sister

Two of the eight suspects arrested last summer in connection with the brutal double murder of a brother and sister on Plymouth Avenue have entered guilty or no contest pleas, authorities said, and the remaining six are scheduled to appear in court later this summer.

Victoria Frances Thompson, 21, of Morgan Hill, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery of an inhabited dwelling on June 25. Kim Pham, 20, of San Jose, pleaded no contest to the same charges on June 9. Both women could face a maximum of 11 years in prison, according to district attorney spokesperson Amy Cornell.

Police originally charged Thompson and Pham with conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the June 28, 2008 shooting deaths of siblings Omar Aquino, 24, and Maria Teresa Sanchez-Aquino, 27, while Sanchez-Aquino's 8-year-old son slept in another room of their house on the 1900 block of Plymouth Avenue. They avoided those charges with last month's plea bargains.

The additional suspects are Nicory Spann, 19; Michael David Adams, 21; Eric Williams, 23; and siblings Kenneth Ivory Thomas, 20; Faith Thomas, 18; and Fame Ashley Thomas, 15. Williams is from Fremont and the others are all from the South Bay. Police said all the suspects are "connected socially," and that they knew Aquino.

A court document says the suspects had developed an elaborate plan to rob Aquino, and used text messages to communicate on the night of the murders. They allegedly stole an iPod and other items from the house.

Police tracked down the suspects over a period of several months, with Kenneth Ivory Thomas and Faith Thomas leading authorities on a cross-country chase. The siblings were arrested in late November 2008.

Thompson is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on Oct. 23, and Pham on Nov. 6. The six other suspects are scheduled to enter their pleas on Aug. 12.

Comments

Posted by Ace, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jul 10, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Big dummies. Lives lost over an iPod, how insane!


Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 12, 2009 at 1:08 am

A maximum sentence of 11 years? They should be publicly hanged.


Posted by Franky, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jul 13, 2009 at 3:53 pm

They should all be locked up for the rest of their lives.

Take a life, and give yours up. Not a smart trade, but none of these people have working brains.


Posted by god"s child, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 12, 2009 at 12:39 pm

everyone that has posted a comment are the dummies because you guys dont know half of whats going on. Dont be so naive and believe everything that you read because the media is known for twisting things as well. This is a sad situation for all of the families involved. SO before you guys post anything think of how you would feel if it was your family or someone you knew that was close to you...Dont be so quick to jugde...


Posted by Z, a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2009 at 6:55 pm

PEOPLE SHOULD REALLY WATCH WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT OTHERS... I HAPPEN TO BE INVOLVED WITH ONE OF THE MEN IN THIS CASE AND ALL OF THE FAMILIES INVOLVED ARE GOING THROUGH ENOUGH AND REALLY DONT NEED THE EXTRA STRESS. MIND YOUR OWN BI!!!


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