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July 13, 2015

DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO LIFE IN STATE PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE FOR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES STABBING-MURDER IN 1995 COLD CASE KIDNAPPING OF MAN

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

SANTA ANA – A defendant was sentenced today to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for the special circumstances cold case kidnapping and stabbing murder of a man in 1995. Gianni Anthony Van, 45, Costa Mesa, was found guilty by a jury on May 7, 2015, of one felony count of special circumstances murder during the commission of a kidnapping.

Co-defendant Diane Tran, 46, Costa Mesa, pleaded guilty on Jan. 24, 2014, to one felony count of voluntary manslaughter with a sentencing enhancement for being armed with a firearm during the commission of a felony. She faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison at her sentencing on March 25, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Co-defendant Shannon Ray Gries, 44, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder during the commission of a kidnapping and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a firearm. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole plus an additional 10 years in state prison. He is scheduled for jury trial on July 17, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-41.

Co-defendant Norma Patricia Esparza, 40, France, pleaded guilty on Sept. 12, 2014, to one felony count of voluntary manslaughter. She is expected to be sentenced to six years in state prison at her sentencing on Sept. 11, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-41.

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FORMER CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHER SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS AND EIGHT MONTHS IN PRISON FOR MOLESTING RELATIVE UNDER 14 AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

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

SANTA ANA – A former children’s photographer was sentenced today to 10 years and eight months in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for molesting a relative under the age of 14 and possessing and controlling child pornography. Isaac Krivashei, 75, Mission Viejo, was found guilty by a jury on March 19, 2015, of two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, one felony count of possession and control of child pornography, and a sentencing enhancement for engaging in substantial sexual conduct with a child.

At the time of the crime Krivashei owned and operated his own photography business, Image Maker Photography, which specialized in taking school portraits and yearbook photos of children from elementary to high school.

Between Aug. 25, 2003, and Aug. 24, 2010, the defendant committed lewd and lascivious acts upon Jane Doe, who was a relative under the age of 14. On multiple occasions during that time, Krivashei engaged in substantial sexual conduct with Jane Doe, including oral copulation and masturbation.

The victim reported the crimes to a relative, who contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD).

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Northern California Man Pleads No Contest in Fatal Stabbing

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

A Northern California man pleaded no contest today to fatally stabbing a man whose charred remains were discovered in a burned out car last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Carlo Giuliano Cresci, 24, of Richmond, entered his plea to one count of second-degree murder in case PA081843. He is scheduled to return for sentencing on April 11, 2016 in Department S of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, San Fernando Branch. He faces up to 27 years to life in prison.

Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney with the Target Crimes Division said Cresci stabbed Jose Alberto Martinez, 26, once in the neck on May 24, 2014, while the victim sat in a parked car in Sylmar.

Cresci poured gasoline on the car and set it on fire while Martinez was still alive, the prosecutor added.

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July 10, 2015

Long Beach Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Fight with Friend

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:23 am

A 57-year-old man accused of severely beating his friend during a fight pleaded not guilty today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Riccardo Gonzalez Rangel (dob 12/11/57) of Long Beach has been charged with two felony counts: attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in case NA102089.

The felony complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a milk crate, during the commission of the crime. Additionally, the charging document alleges Rangel inflicted great bodily injury, which led the victim to suffer paralysis and become comatose due to brain injury.

Deputy District Attorney Tapti Patel, who is assigned to the case, said on June 21 Rangel and his friend were at an apartment complex in Long Beach when the two men got into an argument.

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DRUNKEN DRIVER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR ROLLOVER CRASH THAT KILLED BICYCLIST IN DANA POINT

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:20 am

SANTA ANA – A drunken driver is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for causing a rollover crash that killed a bicyclist. Dominic Devin Carratt, 20, Dana Point, is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated, one felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, one felony count of driving with a blood alcohol of .08 percent or more causing bodily injury, and a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. He is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Friday, July 10, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

At approximately 11:15 p.m. on April 29, 2014, Carratt is accused of driving his Acura Sedan, with a passenger inside, at a high rate of speed while under the influence of alcohol. Carrat is accused of speeding southbound on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point near the intersection of Shoreline Drive, taking a slight left turn, and losing traction of his vehicle.

Carratt is accused of losing control of his vehicle and continuing through the turn for approximately 200 feet before the rear of his vehicle struck 39-year-old Haitham Gamal, who was legally riding his bicycle southbound on Pacific Coast Highway. The defendant is accused of dragging the victim with the car for approximately 500 feet before hitting a curb at the intersection of Golden Lantern Drive, overturning his vehicle, and ejecting the victim.

Paramedics arrived and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The defendant and his passenger were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Carratt is accused of having a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent while at the hospital.

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MAN CHARGED WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING, PANDERING, AND ATTEMPTED PIMPING OF UNDERCOVER OFFICER POSING AS 17-YEAR-OLD GIRL

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:16 am

FULLERTON – A man has been charged for human trafficking, pandering, and the attempted pimping of an undercover officer posing as a 17-year-old girl. Alfonso Kee Kee Peterson, 28, Compton, is charged with one felony count of human trafficking of a minor, one felony count of pandering by procuring, and one felony count of attempted pimping. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison. Peterson is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing July 15, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

Circumstances of the Case

Peterson is accused of being a human trafficker/pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. With the rise in popularity of social media and ease of meeting people on the Internet, many pimps and human traffickers utilize a variety of social media to locate potential victims.

Peterson is accused of using a social networking website to recruit girls and women to work for him as prostitutes. On June 19, 2015, Peterson is accused of interacting with an undercover police officer, Jane Doe, posing as a 17-year-old girl on the site with the intent of recruiting Jane Doe to engage in commercial sex for his benefit. Peterson is accused of pandering to Jane Doe by promising to take care of her and transporting her to areas known for prostitution and human trafficking in Orange and Los Angeles County.

On July 2, 2015, Peterson is accused of telling Jane Doe to meet him at an El Pollo Loco in the city of Long Beach and promising to transport her to engage in commercial sex that evening.

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July 9, 2015

ATF Increases Reward In Armed Robbery Of Federal Firearms Licensee to $10,000.00

Filed under: Los Angeles Criminal attorney — fayarfa @ 5:54 am

ATF and Azusa Police Department Looking for Three Suspects

Los Angeles — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Azusa Police Department, are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the persons responsible for the May 24, 2015, armed robbery of Azusa Pawn, a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL), located in the 1000 block of West Gladstone Street in Azusa, Calif. There is a $10,000.00 reward offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects captured on store video surveillance footage.

According to witness reports and surveillance footage, on May 24, 2015, at approximately 1:50 p.m., one black male adult suspect entered Azusa pawn and spent 15-20 minutes looking at jewelry and firearms displayed for sale then exited the store. At approximately 2:35 p.m., three black male adult suspects entered the location and ordered the employees to lie facedown on the floor. The suspects ransacked the location and ordered an employee to open the safe at gunpoint. Another employee was kicked in the face during the robbery, suffering a broken nose. Investigators believe the male who entered the store at 1:50 p.m. is possibly associated with, or one of, the three males who committed the armed robbery.

While the robbery was being committed, a father and his young son entered the business. The father and child were ordered onto the ground by the suspects. The suspects stole an iPod the child was carrying with him. The suspects got away with a large amount of jewelry and eight firearms. They were seen entering a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Saturn. The SUV narrowly missed hitting a pedestrian outside the pawn shop, then fled east on Gladstone Street.

The Azusa Police Department and ATF are concerned that these criminals may still be on the street, able to commit additional acts of violence. This was a dangerous robbery that unlawfully placed additional firearms into our community. We are asking that anyone who recalls the events of that day or recognizes the individuals, even if only by nickname, address, school or workplace, contact us immediately.

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Rowland Heights Man Sentenced to Prison for Fatally Stabbing Ex-Boyfriend

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:49 am

A 28-year-old man was sentenced yesterday to 26 years to life in state prison after he was convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-boyfriend in 2014, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On June 2, a jury found Andres Aguirre of Rowland Heights guilty of first-degree murder in case KA104697. Additionally, jurors found true a special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, during the commission of the crime.

Deputy District Attorney Lauren Guber, who prosecuted the case, said at the time of the crime Aguirre and the victim, Joseph Chacon, 27, were friends even though they had a previous relationship with one another.

On Feb. 12, 2014, Aguirre provided Chacon with a large amount of alcohol and drove the victim to an isolated industrial area in La Puente, the prosecutor said.

At one point, the victim exited the car to urinate and Aguirre followed. As the victim attempted to return to the car, Aguirre fatally stabbed Chacon in the chest and back, the prosecutor added. (more…)

Man Pleads to Road Rage Assault of Elderly Victim on the 105 Freeway

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:45 am

A Baldwin Village man has entered a no contest plea for assaulting an 83-year-old victim during a road rage incident that began on the 105 Freeway, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Deputy District Attorney Philip Norris said Gordon Cornelius Fritz, 19, pleaded no contest yesterday to one felony count of elder abuse in case YA092248.

Fritz was immediately sentenced to one year in county jail, five years formal probation and a year of anger management classes.

On March 31, the defendant’s vehicle crashed against the elderly victim’s car leading to some yelling and honking, the prosecutor said. After both parties pulled over to the side of the road, Fritz began punching the victim in the face, the prosecutor added.

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July 8, 2015

Glendale Man Charged with Killing Grandparents

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:45 am

A 34-year-old man was charged today with two counts of capital murder after his grandparents were found dead in the Glendale home they shared, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Tamu Usher said Nathaniel Wayne Scheiern (dob 5/28/81) of Glendale faces two counts of murder with a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders.

Case GA096622 also alleges Scheiern used an ax as a deadly and dangerous weapon in the murders.

Arraignment for the defendant is scheduled today in Department D of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pasadena Branch.

According to the criminal complaint Verna Scheiern, 82, and William Sheiern, 77, were allegedly killed by their grandson on or between June 24 and June 25. Their bodies were discovered by police on June 28.

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