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.