San Mateo Robbers Get Less Than a Year Behind Bars

The two defendants committed at least 10 robberies in San Mateo and Burlingame.

A pair of East Palo Alto residents who pleaded no contest in April to felony chargers in connection with a string of robberies in San Mateo and Burlingame have been sentenced to less than a year in custody.

Melissa Pearlene Butler, 21, and Marc Anthony Jordan, 24, initially pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court in connection with at least 10 robberies in San Mateo and Burlingame at their initial felony arraignment in August 2011.

On Friday, Judge Craig Parsons sentenced Jordan to two years in prison with credit for 485 days served, and Butler to a year in county jail with credit for 13 days served. Prosecutors had asked for a two-year prison sentence for each defendant.

The pair along with a juvenile were arrested Aug. 11, 2011, after the San Mateo County task force identified three suspects in the series of robberies, and detectives obtained search warrants for their East Palo Alto homes.

Police said that property seized during the searches linked the suspects to a robbery in which two suspects brandishing handguns approached a delivery driver as he returned to his vehicle after a delivery.

The suspects demanded the driver's money, assaulted the man, and fled on foot after taking his cash and property.

Another similar incident occurred two days later, when a man exiting a vehicle on South Grant Street was approached by two suspects, one who brandished a handgun. The suspects assaulted the man, took his property and cash, and fled on foot.

Similar robberies also happened in Burlingame and Belmont on Wednesday of that week.

In the Belmont robbery, employees of a local restaurant were walking to their cars after closing the restaurant for the night when three suspects approached and demanded money. Two of the suspects brandished handguns, and the trio took a purse and laptop from one victim and money from the other, Belmont police said.

The suspects fled south on Civic Lane toward Broadway, Belmont police said.

During the searches on Aug. 11, 2011, detectives seized a handgun that police said matched the description of the one used in the robberies.

At his pretrial conference on April 16, Jordan pleaded no contest to felony robbery charges in exchange for a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

Butler on April 24 also pleaded no contest to felony robbery charges, and faces a maximum of two years in prison.

Jordan remained in custody on $250,000 bail, while Butler was out of custody on a $250,000 bail bond. Butler was given a stay on surrender to the jai until Dec. 1.


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Bren October 09, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Isn't there supposed to be some kind of gun enhancement that kicks in for crimes of this nature? Seems like these people got off with really light sentences.
Troy October 09, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Aren't they supposed to get an extra five years for using a hand gun? And what about the assault? Way too light a sentence and they'll be back on the streets again doing the same thing. It's not like they can get jobs and lead a clean life...
Nancy Azevedo October 10, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I think the "big crime today" is having judges like this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nancy Azevedo October 10, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Nancy Azevedo October 10, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Agreed even more!
Bren October 10, 2012 at 04:26 AM
I wouldn't be so quick to condemn the judge. There are probably very specific guidelines the judge has to follow, and if the DA worked out some kind of deal to prevent these kids from sticking to their not-guilty plea, the judge kind of has to honor that deal.
Richard Spence October 10, 2012 at 07:06 PM
What really scares me is the fact that Paul Lee the guy who was checking out the devastion in San Bruno is looking at 20 years. He didn't pull gun. Hell the officer showed up in court and testified he wasn't hurt and that it wasn't Paul's fault. the police inflated the story to the press. Now these 3 people held guns to people, robbed people, they are a menice to society and they will be out or out on the streets again. Maybe next time someone will be killed. Is that what it's going to take? I say probably.
Izec October 12, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Holding people at gun point? Robbing HARD WORKING people after a long and tired day of work? Scaring individuals by coming up to them with a weapon and multiple assailants? And they will receive less than 2 years for that? If i have ever heard of injustice this is it!!!! Throw these disgusting good for nothing people in prison and let them rot I say! I'm sure a lot will agree with me, no one wants to get robbed after a long day at work and these people would have continued to do so RIGHT NOW if they hadn't been caught I say minimum 7-8 years the less of these people we have on the streets the better!
Jane Smith October 14, 2012 at 02:20 AM
They failed to mention that it was a bb gun and it was the female's first offence she was a college student caregiver and volunteer that fell for the wrong influences, she doesn't deny what she did was wrong but she's doing her best to make amends. you shouldn't judge unless you have the full story. -lyb
the kid October 29, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Fuck all you bitches sucks dick i only did 5 months thats way lest then a year bitch free mack fick buttler she a snitch
Bren October 30, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Hi, "the kid," Welcome to Patch! I have no idea what you're going on about, but you seem to have very strong feelings about it.
Richard Spence November 01, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Bren apparently the kid is one of the robbers?
Bren November 01, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Could be somebody just trolling us, but I think you're right. Hopefully the kid will post more and tell us his or her side of the story!


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