A gay San Francisco man who recently pleaded guilty to carjacking another man in the Castro in 2012 was sentenced this week to five years in prison.
According to court testimony not long after the carjacking, the July 2012 incident started after Antoine Dilworth, 30, approached the victim, who was then 27 and had just left the gay nightclub Badlands. The man, who the Bay Area Reporter isn’t naming because he’s a crime victim, reluctantly agreed to give Dilworth a ride, and when he tried to drop Dilworth off a few blocks away near Beck’s Motor Lodge, Dilworth stabbed him and took his car. Dilworth was arrested soon thereafter.
In January, Dilworth pleaded guilty in exchange for an aggravated assault charge being dropped.
Tuesday, June 24, San Francisco Superior Court Judge James Collins ordered Dilworth, whose full legal name is Antoine Joulent Tooks-Dilworth, to serve five years in state prison. Collins granted 711 days time served and 106 days for conduct credits, so Dilworth could end up serving less than 3 years in custody.
However, he’ll also have a strike on his record, meaning punishment for any future crimes would be enhanced.
The victim wasn’t in court, but Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai said the man “is 100 percent on board with the plea.”
Dilworth, who’s been in custody since his arrest, didn’t make a statement, but he smiled as he entered the courtroom.
His fiancé, Kochise Jones, 22, was in court for the sentencing. Asked outside court about the sentence, Jones said, “It is what it is,” and there isn’t anything “we can really do about it.”
Jones said he doesn’t think Dilworth is guilty of carjacking. Among other problems he had with the case, he said it didn’t make sense that Dilworth would steal the victim’s Toyota Corolla when he and Dilworth already had a Mercedes-Benz.
Dilworth suggested in a recent interview that he was innocent in the 2012 case and said he pleaded guilty because his attorney, Erin Crane, had said she wasn’t confident they’d win if they went to trial. Crane had also said the judge wasn’t likely to find grounds for him to get another attorney, according to Dilworth.
In response, Crane told the B.A.R., “I’m going to ask that you not speak to him again, because he’s represented by council. I have no comment to make about the case.”
Dilworth has an extensive criminal history that includes a carjacking charge, and he has spent time in prison before, according to an interview with him and court records.
In Dilworth’s previous carjacking case, he eventually pleaded guilty to auto theft in exchange for other charges being dismissed, according to court records, and in March 2006, he was sentenced to more than two years in state prison.