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September 30, 2014

Cyberstalking Case involving Violent Threats against Art Dealers and Their Children Leads to 5-Year Federal Prison Term

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:45 am

LOS ANGELES – The owner of a Temecula art gallery who stalked, harassed and attempted to extort as much as $300,000 from art world professionals was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison.

Jason White, 43, of Temecula, who pleaded guilty in March to two counts of federal stalking, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stephen V. Wilson.

During today’s hearing, Judge Wilson called White’s crimes ”horrendous” and “very disturbing.”

White was arrested by the FBI on February 12 after engaging in a six-month stalking and extortion scheme that targeted art world professionals with whom he had had business relationships. When those business relationships ended, White posted derogatory information about his former associates on websites he had created, and then used threatening emails to demand hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for taking the websites down. White repeatedly made extortionate demands through harassing text messages and emails, and when his demands were not met, he threatened violence against the victim families, including their children.


Man Found Guilty in West Hollywood Triple Murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:09 am

A 35-year-old man was found guilty today of the killing of three men in West Hollywood during a failed drug deal, the Los Angeles County District’s Attorney Office announced.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham of the Airport Branch found Harold Yong Park guilty of three counts each of first-degree murder and first-degree residential robbery in case SA075285.

He also found Park guilty of one count each of first-degree residential burglary, person present and transportation for sale of marijuana.

Special circumstance allegations of multiple murders, murder during a robbery, murder for financial gain and murder during a burglary also were found true.


Mother Indicted in Fatal Stabbings of Young Daughters

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:06 am

A criminal Grand Jury has indicted a woman with three counts of capital murder in the stabbing deaths of her three daughters, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Carol Ann Coronado, 30, pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity today to three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in BA425234.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo unsealed the indictment which includes a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders and a special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, in the commission of the crime.

The defendant is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 17 for pretrial in Department J of the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Compton.


September 29, 2014

Two Inland Empire Men Ordered Held without Bond after Being Charged in Federal Case Alleging Series of ATM Robberies

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:09 am

RIVERSIDE, California – Two men were charged today with participating in a string of ATM robberies in which they used power tools and a truck to forcibly open safes inside drive-up ATMs and steal nearly a half million dollars.

James William Costilow, 38, of Riverside, and David Joseph Silva Jr., 25, of Fontana, were charged today in a criminal complaint filed in United States District Court with attempted theft from a bank.

The charge relates to an unsuccessful ATM robbery early Tuesday morning in Murrieta, but the affidavit in support of the complaint alleges that the two men “have been successful in approximately four incidents and have stolen approximately $462,093 in cash.”


Parolee Sentenced in Theft of Reality Show Star’s Bentley

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:06 am

A parolee who stole a Bentley belonging to celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels was sentenced today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Matthew Vodnoy said Gerjuan Deshon Harmon, 31, was sentenced to 17 years in state prison for case LA071371.

On June 16, a jury found Harmon guilty of one count each of first-degree burglary, person present and grand theft of personal property.

On Dec. 16, 2013, a previous jury was unable to reach a verdict on those counts but did find the defendant guilty of one count each of unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle, evading an officer and hit-and-run and two counts of resisting an officer.


Serial Killer Sentenced to Three Consecutive Life Terms

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:03 am

A 74-year-old defendant convicted of murdering three women in the late 1980s was sentenced today to three consecutive life without the possibility of parole prison terms, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Samuel Little, 74, was sentenced to the maximum by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli immediately after several family members of the victims addressed the court.

Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman with the Major Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

A jury on Sept. 2 found Little guilty of the first-degree murders of Carol Alford, 41, on or about July 13, 1987; Audrey Nelson, 35, on or about Aug. 14, 1989; and Guadalupe Apodaca, 46, on or about Sept. 3, 1989. The jury also found true the special circumstance of multiple murders.


September 26, 2014


Filed under: California Chid Pornography Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:06 pm

SANTA ANA - A man was sentenced today to 25 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for sexually assaulting two boys, ages 9 to 11, and possessing graphic amateur and commercial child pornography featuring young boys. Oscar Manuel Vaquera, 39, Anaheim, was found guilty by a jury June 19, 2014, of two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, two felony counts of possession of child pornography, and one felony count of distributing child pornography with sentencing enhancement allegations for lewd acts against more than one victim and substantial sexual conduct with a child.

At the time of the crimes, Vaquera lived in a bedroom in an Anaheim house. Other people, to whom the defendant was not related, also lived in other bedrooms in the home. Vaquera drilled a hole from his closet into the bathroom and secretly photographed and recorded young boys as they used the restroom and showered.

On one occasion between 2007 and 2008, Vaquera sexually assaulted 11-year-old John Doe #1 while the victim stayed overnight in the defendant’s home while visiting a family member. The defendant touched John Doe #1’s penis while the victim was sleeping. Vaquera recorded the sexual assault. This case went unreported at the time.

On one occasion between 2011 and 2012, Vaquera sexually assaulted John Doe #2 when the victim was between 9 and 11 years old. The victim is not related to the defendant. The defendant touched the victim’s penis while the victim was awake and video-recorded the sexual assault. This case also went unreported.



Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:00 pm

WESTMINSTER – A male nurse was sentenced today to 34 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for sexually assaulting two male patients who were medically incapacitated and another male patient under the guise of a medical exam. Richard Alan Nolan, 49, Buena Park, was found guilty by a jury June 21, 2013, of one felony count each of forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by fraud, sexual battery on an institutionalized victim, and forcible oral copulation, one misdemeanor count of sexual battery on an institutionalized victim, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for multiple victims was found true.

Nolan was a licensed vocational nurse at the Western Medical Center in Anaheim for approximately five years before the sexual assaults.

In December 2009, Nolan was attending John Doe #3, who was asleep, and forcibly orally copulated the victim. On June 9, 2009, John Doe #1 was sedated in a hospital bed when Nolan entered the victim’s room and forcibly orally copulated him. John Doe #3 and John Doe #1 were both restrained in a hospital bed due to a medical condition and were unable to resist the sexual assault.

On July 29, 2010, Nolan was attending John Doe #2. Nolan fraudulently represented himself as the doctor and sexually assaulted the victim by masturbating John Doe #2under the false pretense of performing an examination with no legitimate medical purpose for touching the victim in that manner.



Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:40 pm

SANTA ANA – A former general contractor was convicted and sentenced today for defrauding his employees by taking their wages totaling over $80,000 in loss and keeping the money for himself from a state public works contract. Sourin Babayan, 65, Glendale, pleaded guilty to the court to 17 felony counts of taking and receiving a portion of a worker’s wage on public works project and six felony counts of dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime. He was sentenced to two years in state prison and ordered to pay $80,200 in restitution.

At the time of the crime, Babayan worked as a sub-contractor and owned SDB Construction (SDB). DJM Construction (DJM), a general contractor who was awarded a project by the State of California, for the improvement of a state developmental hospital in Costa Mesa.

On Jan. 9, 2013, Babayan, through SDB, was retained by DJM to install fire sprinklers for several buildings with multiple floors for an estimated $820,000. Babayan supervised 17 employees and was solely responsible for managing the payroll to complete the job. Although the contract with DJM for the job was still in negotiations, the defendant began work on the project. DJM had agreed to pay all materials, labor, general liability insurance, Workers’ Compensation Insurance, and a 15 percent mark-up directly to Babayan as profit.

Between Feb. 15, 2013, and June 22, 2013, Babayan required his workers to return a portion of their wages and threatened to terminate their employment if they did not comply. Over the course of the projects, the defendant submitted fraudulent and forged certified payroll records for labor to DJM and received a lump sum for payroll. Babayan then issued payroll checks for the correct amount due to his staff for proper bookkeeping. Babayan had his employees return some of their wages back to him and the defendant kept that money for his own personal use.


September 25, 2014

Two Men Convicted Of Providing Material Support To Terrorists And Plotting To Kill American Targets In Afghanistan

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 11:50 pm

RIVERSIDE, California – Two men were found guilty today of federal charges related to plots to provide material support to terrorists and to kill American personnel.

Following a 6½-week trial, a federal jury returned guilty verdicts against the two defendants, one a United States citizen and one who was residing in California on a “Green Card.”

The two men convicted today are Sohiel Omar Kabir, 36, a naturalized United States citizen who was born in Afghanistan and who until late 2011 resided in Pomona; and Ralph Deleon, 25, of Ontario, a lawful permanent resident and citizen of the Philippines.

The jury found that Kabir and Deleon together were guilty in relation to two specific plots: conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to kill officers and employees of the United States Government.


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