SAN FRANCISCO -- A husband and wife prosecutors dubbed the "Landlords from Hell" were so intent on evicting tenants they sawed holes in flooring, soaked clothing and bedding in ammonia, and threatened to deport and shoot tenants, authorities said after the couple pleaded guilty to multiple felonies this week.

As part of a plea deal struck Tuesday, Kip and Nicole Macy, 38 and 37 respectively, will serve four years and four months in state prison after pleading guilty to two counts of residential burglary, one count of stalking and one count of attempted grand theft, all felonies, District Attorney George Gascon said. The couple each receive two strikes under California's Three Strikes Law.

The landlord-tenant dispute at a SoMA apartment building the Palo Alto couple owned unfolded between September 2005 to December 2007 and read like the "plot line of a horror movie," Gascon said.

Prosecutors' said that the couple sawed holes in apartment flooring and cut beams in an apparent attempt to make the floor collapse.

Nicole Macy, pretending to be a tenant, is alleged to have sent an email firing the tenant's civil attorney and another email to her own attorney threatening to kidnap and dismember the attorneys' children.

Kip Macy, according to prosecutors, purchased a semi-automatic handgun and told his building manager he would shoot him if the manager came by the apartment building.


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In other instances, prosecutors say the couple sent letters threatening to deport tenants, soaked beds, clothes and electronics with ammonia, cut telephone lines, shut off electricity, gas and water and boarded up windows and burglarized units, stuffing belongings in garbage bags.

Kip Macy's attorney, Lisa DewBerry, said the four year sentence was a "fraction" of the 16 years the couple originally faced, suggesting prosecutors would have had problems with evidence and witnesses if the case moved to trial.

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.