Twenty-year-old Lompoc resident Ted Tyler was sentenced to five years and four months in state prison after pleading guilty to two felony charges in superior court on Dec. 3.
Tyler, accused of the Sept. 23 attack of a 19-year-old girl on the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive, pleaded guilty to first-degree residential burglary and assault with intent to commit rape. Tyler was already on probation for receiving stolen property at the time of the September attack.
Although he originally pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, Senior Deputy District Attorney Gordon Auchincloss said he assumed that Tyler changed his plea to guilty due to the overwhelming amount of evidence.
“I suppose [he changed his plea] because the evidence was quite conclusive that he was guilty,” Auchincloss said. “The department of corrections will now determine what prison to send him to depending on the level of confinement he needs.
“He will then be on parole, which is like probation to state prison,” Auchincloss said. “He will have to meet regularly with a parole officer and any violation of the parole would mean that he would go back to prison.”
The two felonies will count as two strikes against Tyler under California’s three strike law, Auchincloss said.
“They’re two strikes. The way the three strikes law works is that he won’t be sentenced [again] for these two crimes, but if he is convicted of a felony again, then he will be sentenced according to the three strike law.”