People v Joseph Thomas Connors

On July 8, 2014, a jury convicted Joseph Thomas Connors of first degree murder with special circumstances.

On January 4, 2011, defendant Connors and his best friend, Richard Delosangles, called victim Maurice Collins in an attempt to purchase marijuana. Mr. Collins did not have marijuana to sell so he turned off his phone.

Defendant Connors and Delosangles decided to burglarize Collins’ home. Connors put on his bulletproof vest and gave Delosangles his 40 caliber handgun. Mr Collins and his girlfriend were awakened when defendant Connors kicked in the couple’s bedroom door. The victim reached for his 9mm handgun but was shot in the head by Delosangles before he could get off a shot.

On January 5, 2011, defendant Connors contacted the Hayward Police Department claiming he was a Good Samaritan and could help them solve Maurice Collins’ murder. Defendant Connors told the police that Delosangles bragged to him that he murdered Mr Collins. Defendant Connors subsequently provided the police with the murder weapon, clothing, and recordings of Delosangles bragging about the murder. After his arrest, Delosangles confessed to being the person who fired the shot that killed Mr. Collins, but implicated defendant Connors as being present.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Jimmie Wilson with assistance from DA Inspectors Mark Moreno and Lynn Breshears.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014