Don't call Victor George Gillespie an underachiever: the Irvine resident will amble into a Santa Ana courtroom today for a trial that may end with his conviction on a third strike . . .
. . . by the ripe old age of 21!
He's facing a possible sentence of 35 years to life in state prison.
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The night of March 23, 2010, a man broke into the Irvine home of a 24-year-old woman through an unlocked sliding glass back door. He walked into a bedroom where the woman was lying down, climbed on top of her and put his hands down her pants, touching her vaginal area as she screamed and struggled to get away. The man then fled.
Irvine Police officers zeroed in on Gillespie a short distance away. He is accused of ignoring cops' instructions after they identified themselves, continuing to run away from them. After a short chase, he was captured.
Gillespie is charged with one felony count each of sexual battery by restraint, first degree residential burglary of an inhabited dwelling, assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense during the commission of a first degree burglary, and one misdemeanor count of resisting and obstructing an officer.
He has two prior strike convictions for robberies in 2007.