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March 29, 2013

PIMP TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR FORCIBLE SEX TRAFFICKING OF 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN FIRST ORANGE COUNTY PROPOSITION 35 CASE

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:41 am

WESTMINSTER – A pimp accused of forcing a 14-year-old girl into prostitution will be arraigned tomorrow as the first defendant to be charged in Orange County with forcible human trafficking of a minor under Proposition 35 (Prop 35).  Chuncey Tarae Garcia, 33, is charged with one felony count each of human trafficking of a minor by force or fear, pimping a minor, and forcible rape, with sentencing enhancement allegations for forcible rape of a minor 14 years of age and prior prison convictions for possession for sale of cocaine in 2007 and transportation of cocaine in 2009. If convicted, Garcia faces a maximum sentence of 28 years to life in state prison. He is being held on $1 million bail.

Co-defendant Cierra Melissa Robinson, 27, is charged with one felony count each of human trafficking of a minor and pandering of a minor under 16 years old by procuring, and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison. She is being held on $1 million bail.

Garcia and Robinson are scheduled for a continued arraignment tomorrow, Friday, March 29, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-2, West Justice Center, Westminster.

What is Prop 35?

The case against Garcia and Robinson is the first to be filed in Orange County following the passage of California’s anti-human trafficking Prop 35 in November 2012. Under the law, human trafficking is described as inducing, causing, persuading, or attempting to induce, cause, or persuade a person who is a minor to engage in a commercial sex act with the intent to effect a violation of pimping or pandering. Human trafficking by force or fear includes the use of force, fear, violence, duress, menace, threat of injury, coercion, fraud, or deceit in the commission of the crime.                                                            (more…)

DRUNKEN DRIVER CONVICTED OF CRASHING INTO MOTHER CROSSING STREET WITH HER TWO CHILDREN AND KILLING HER 2-YEAR-OLD BOY

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:17 am

SANTA ANA – A drunken driver was convicted today of killing a 2-year-old boy by crashing into the toddler and his mother and baby sister as they crossed the street. Angel Alberto Cruz Perez, 24, Santa Ana, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count each of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing bodily injury, hit and run with permanent injury or death, and one misdemeanor count of driving a motor vehicle without a license, with sentencing enhancement allegations for causing great bodily injury to a child under 5 years old, fleeing the scene, and an additional injured person. He faces a maximum sentence of 16 years in state prison at his sentencing, May 3, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on Nov. 9, 2011, Perez purchased and consumed four buckets of beer with a friend at Mariscos Ensenada Restaurant in Santa Ana. Each bucket contains the equivalent amount of six 12-ounce bottles of beer.

At approximately 6:20 p.m., Perez left the restaurant with his friend and drove while intoxicated in his Toyota sports utility vehicle (SUV) with his friend in the passenger seat. He did not possess a valid California driver’s license. As Perez drove northbound on Bewley Street and approached the 5th Street intersection, he failed to yield to crossing pedestrian Yesenia Romero, who was carrying her 1-year-old daughter and holding her 2-year-old son Darwin Almeida’s hand.

Perez ran a stop sign and hit Almeida. The force of the impact caused Romero to lose grip of her son’s hand, and Almeida was pulled under the vehicle. Perez hit Romero with his vehicle as she carried her daughter in her arms, knocking her onto the front hood of the SUV and throwing her back on the ground. After hitting the three victims, Perez fled the scene back to his home without offering help or aid.                                                                   (more…)

LAKE FOREST CITY COUNCIL MEMBER CONVICTED OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:11 am

NEWPORT BEACH – A Lake Forest City Council member was convicted and sentenced for driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content of .18 percent, more than twice the legal limit. Peter Alan Herzog, 57, Lake Forest, pleaded no contest on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, to one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more. Herzog was sentenced to first time standard minimum DUI probations of three years of informal probation, fines, and required to participate in a 3-month first offender alcohol program.

At approximately 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2012, Herzog made a left turn from Portola Parkway onto Lake Forest Drive and drove on the wrong side of the road. Herzog drove over the center median to get back on to the westbound lanes. Herzog then made a wide left turn from Lake Forest Drive onto Regency Lane and hit the right side of the curb. Herzog crossed into the opposing lane of traffic and swerved back and forth across lanes until he arrived at his home.

Motorists reported the driving to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, who investigated this case, and arrested Herzog at his home. Herzog displayed objective signs of intoxication including bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech, a strong odor of alcohol, and unsteady balance. At approximately 10:30 p.m., Herzog had a blood alcohol content of .18 percent.

Orange County District Attorney Press Release / Case # 13HM00979 / March 28, 2013

March 28, 2013

MAN CONVICTED OF MURDERING FATHER BY SHOOTING HIM AFTER DISPUTE OVER KEEPING FIREARM IN THEIR HOME

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:41 am

SANTA ANA - A man was convicted today of murdering his father by shooting him after a dispute over keeping a firearm in their Huntington Beach home. Jeremy Dwayne Martin, 37, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death.  He faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison at his sentencing May 10, 2013, in Department C-42, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

In May 2011, Jeremy Martin was living in Huntington Beach with his 62-year-old father Frederick Martin. Early in the morning on May 20, 2011, Jeremy Martin got into a verbal and physical argument with his father because the victim was unhappy that Jeremy Martin was keeping a firearm in the home.

Frederick Martin called 911 and asked the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) to come to the home to “evaluate” his son. The victim made no mention of the firearm or physical altercation to the officers. HBPD officers responded to the home, but Jeremy Martin did not answer the door.

After the officers left, Jeremy Martin murdered the victim by shooting him one time. Frederick Martin died at the scene. Jeremy Martin called 911 and reported that he shot his father. He was arrested at the scene by HBPD.                                                                      (more…)

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former Fannie Mae Employee for Allegedly Taking Kickbacks from Arizona Real Estate Broker

Filed under: Federal Crimes Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:38 am

LOS ANGELES – A former sales associate with the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) was named today in a federal grand jury indictment that accuses him of taking kickbacks from a real estate broker in exchange for providing him with foreclosed properties to sell on behalf of the mortgage agency.

Armando Granillo, 44, of Huntington Beach, California was charged today with three counts of “honest services” wire fraud for soliciting kickbacks while working for Fannie Mae.

Granillo was arrested in this case on the morning of March 5, 2013, after he allegedly accepted an $11,200 payment from the real estate broker, who at the time was working with federal authorities. Granillo was freed on a $5,000 bond and is expected to be arraigned next month in United States District Court in Los Angeles.

Granillo, who worked in the Irvine Fannie Mae office as a Real Estate Owned Foreclosure Specialist, reviewed applications submitted by real estate brokers who wanted to list Fannie Mae foreclosure properties. Granillo had the authority to approve sale offers presented by the brokers. In late 2012, Granillo asked a real estate broker in Tucson to pay a percentage of the commissions the broker earned for selling Fannie Mae foreclosure properties. The broker brought the matter to the attention of federal law enforcement officials, and he began assisting in the investigation.                                                                               (more…)

March 27, 2013

REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER CONVICTED OF SEXUAL BATTERY AND FAILING TO REGISTER SENTENCED TO 197 DAYS IN JAIL FOR PROBATION VIOLATIONS

Filed under: California Appeals Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:52 am

SANTA ANA – A registered sex offender convicted of sexual battery and failing to register, and who has a pending case in the Courts of Appeal for violating the County ordinance barring registered sex offenders from entering County parks, was sentenced for violating his probation. Hugo Godinez, 30, Santa Ana, was sentenced March 21, 2013, at an arraignment on probation violations. The defendant admitted to the violations and was sentenced to 197 days in jail by the Honorable Peter Wilson.

Sexual Battery (Case #09CM11069)

On Nov. 11, 2009, Godinez approached Jane Doe #1, an adult female, while she was walking down the street alone during daylight hours. The defendant slapped the victim just below her buttocks, on her upper leg, and asked, “Do you like that?” The victim attempted to walk away but began to run when she observed Godinez following and chasing her. Jane Doe #1 ran up to another pedestrian for help, and Godinez then fled the scene.

On Nov. 17, 2009, Godinez approached Jane Doe #2, an adult female, while she was walking her dog during. Godinez leaned over and pretended he was going to pet the dog, but instead slapped the victim on the buttocks and said, “You’re cute.” Jane Doe #2 screamed at the defendant to get away from her and she walked away. Godinez followed the victim, approached her again, and slapped her again on the buttocks. Jane Doe #2 ran to a nearby store and Godinez fled the scene.

In a subsequent taped interview with the Santa Ana Police Department, Godinez admitted to slapping both victims on the leg and/or buttocks because he claimed to believe that they would like it.                                                      (more…)

North Hollywood Man Who Aimed Laser at Aircraft in Violation of 2012 Federal Law Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:48 am

LOS ANGELES – A federal judge who said the prison term should serve as a message to other would-be defendants today sentenced a North Hollywood man to 30 months in federal prison for aiming a laser beam at a plane and a police helicopter.

Adam Gardenhire, 19, was sentenced by United States District Judge Stephen V. Wilson.

In imposing the prison sentence, Judge Wilson rejected Gardenhire’s arguments that aiming a laser at an aircraft in flight was not really very dangerous and determined that, by deliberately targeting the aircraft with his laser, Gardenhire had recklessly endangered the safety of the aircraft.

Gardenhire pleaded guilty in October 2012 to one count of aiming the beam of a laser at aircraft. Gardenhire was arrested in April 2012 after being indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of aiming a laser pointer at a private plane and a helicopter operated by the Pasadena Police Department.                                                            (more…)

Pueblo Bishop Bloods Gang Member Sentenced to 40 Years in Federal Prison For Role in Ambush Killing of Young Father

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:43 am

LOS ANGELES – A veteran member of the Pueblo Bishop Bloods street gang was sentenced today to 40 years in federal prison for his role in a racketeering plot that resulted in the death of a young man with no gang affiliation who was executed in front of his 2-year-old son.

Anthony Gabrourel, also known as “Bandit,” 23, of South Los Angeles, was sentenced by United States District Judge S. James Otero for violating the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) in relation to the murder of 24-year-old Francisco Cornelio.

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Otero stated Gabourel and other Pueblo Bishops “executed Cornelio, who was minding his own business” simply because “he was of Mexican descent.”

A federal jury determined that Gabrourel plotted with other members of the Pueblo Bishops to retaliate against a Latino because members of the rival 38th Street Gang had recently shot and killed a member of the Pueblo Bishops (see: http://www.justice.gov/usao/cac/Pressroom/2012/094.html).

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March 26, 2013

DRIVER UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGED WITH KILLING MAN IN CRASH BY CAUSING RV TO FALL ON VICTIM

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:47 am

WESTMINSTER - A driver under the influence of methamphetamine has been charged with killing a man, who was working underneath a recreational vehicle (RV), by crashing into the RV and causing it to fall on top of the victim. Marco Vinicio Morales, 50, Fountain Valley, is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison. The People will be requesting Morales be held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment tomorrow, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Department W-1, West Justice Center, Westminster.

At approximately 7:15 a.m. on Oct. 1, 2012, Morales is accused of driving in an industrial area in Fountain Valley to work as an automobile mechanic in a truck belonging to a customer.  The defendant is accused of being under the influence of methamphetamine.

Victim Timothy Michaud, 49, was working underneath an RV, which was parked on the side of the road and elevated on blocks. Due to its size, the RV was protruding slightly into the road. Morales is accused of failing to avoid the RV and crashing into it, causing it to fall onto the victim. Morales remained at the scene and attempted with other witnesses to free the victim using a hydraulic jack, but the victim was crushed by the RV and died at the scene.

The Fountain Valley Police Department responded to the scene and investigated this case. The defendant’s blood was examined by the Orange County Crime Laboratory. At the time of the crime, Morales is accused of being under the influence of a high quantity of methamphetamine.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Troy Pino of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

Orange County District Attorney Press Release / Case # 13WF0663 / March 25, 2013

MAN FACES TRIAL FOR ROBBING AND MURDERING MAN LURED BY CO-DEFENDANT MOTHER FROM NIGHTCLUB TO MOTEL ROOM

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:42 am

SANTA ANA – A man faces trial today for robbing and murdering a man, whom his co-defendant mother lured from a nightclub to a motel room with the promise of sex. Noel Carrasco, 26, Buena Park, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder in the commission of a robbery and one felony count of second degree robbery. If convicted, he faces a sentence of life in state prison without the possibility parole. Opening statements are expected to begin today, Monday, March 25, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Noel Carrasco’s mother Leticia Carrasco, 52, Buena Park, was convicted by a jury Jan. 31, 2013, of one felony count of murder and one felony count of second degree robbery. Carrasco faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison at her sentencing April 12, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

On the evening of Dec. 22, 2008, Leticia Carrasco met Matias Ojeda Vazquez at a bar in Stanton. Leticia Carrasco lured Vazquez back to her motel room under the pretense of having sex. Leticia Carrasco’s son, Noel Carrasco, is accused of plotting in advance with his mother and waiting in the room to rob the victim.

When the victim arrived with Leticia Carrasco, Noel Carrasco is accused of ordering the victim to give them his money. When the victim refused, Noel Carrasco is accused of fatally attacking the victim with Leticia Carrasco. The victim suffered five stab wounds, asphyxiation, and blunt force trauma to the head. After the murder, Noel Carrasco is accused of cleaning the motel room with his mother and wrapping bedding around the victim’s body, placing a trash bag over the victim’s head, and a dog food bag on the victim’s feet.                                                  (more…)

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