HAYWARD -- A Fremont man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a Hayward resident during burglary gone wrong, a prosecutor said.

Richard Anthony Delosangeles, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for fatally shooting 28-year-old Maurice Collins on Jan. 4, 2011 after he and Joseph Thomas Connors broke into Collins' Vanderbilt Street home to steal marijuana.

Deputy district attorney Jimmie Wilson said Connors came up with the plan to burglarize the small-time marijuana dealer's home thinking no one was home and gave Delosangeles the gun. Collins reached for a gun he kept in a bedside table for protection upon being awaked by the burglars, and a panicked Delosangeles shot him dead, Wilson said.

Delosangeles confessed to the crime and apologized to the Collins family at his sentencing Thursday, Wilson said.

Connors, 23, claimed no responsibility and was convicted by jury earlier this month of first-degree murder in the course of a robbery. He is expected to be sentenced Sept. 11 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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