Felon who committed home invasion robbery sentenced to 5 years in prison

MURRIETA – A convicted felon who held a Temecula homeowner at gunpoint and robbed him of money and other possessions was sentenced today to five years in state prison.

Stephen Richard Sethman, 40, of Temecula, pleaded guilty last month to one count of robbery under an agreement with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. In exchange for his admission, prosecutors dropped charges of burglary and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm against Sethman.

Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense. Had he been convicted of all charges by a jury, Sethman faced more than 15 years in prison.

Sheriff’s officials allege that on the morning of Aug. 25, 2014, the defendant confronted a resident in the 47000 block of Shady Oaks Lane, threatening the victim with a small-caliber revolver before pushing him inside the house.

The homeowner, a man in his 60s, was hustled into a windowless bathroom, where Sethman restrained him by securing the doorknob with a piece of television cable, according to the prosecution.

The defendant then ransacked the property, stealing $200, a computer monitor, a jar full of coins and other odds and ends before fleeing in a dark vehicle, investigators said.

Based on information from the victim and evidence collected at the location, detectives identified Sethman, who was arrested without incident at his home on Bridgeview Circle three days later.

Court records indicate he has prior convictions for burglary and other unspecified offenses for which he served time in prison.

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