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June 18, 2015

Domestic Violence, Animal Cruelty Charges Filed Against Hawthorne Man

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:12 am

A Hawthorne man was charged today with hitting his girlfriend and killing the victim’s 9-year-old Yorkshire terrier with a metal rack, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Frank Dunnick said Brian Scott Burlingame (dob 8/31/58) faces one felony count each of cruelty to an animal and injuring a cohabitant in case YA092591.

Burlingame pleaded not guilty to the charges today and is due back on July 1 in Department 4 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Torrance Branch.

The defendant is accused of throwing a metal rack at his girlfriend on June 14 while she was holding her Yorkshire terrier, the prosecutor said. The woman was injured and the dog was killed, the prosecutor added.

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June 17, 2015

Man Pleads No Contest to Hit-and-Run Death of 101-Year-Old Pedestrian

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:36 am

A 41-year-old man pleaded no contest today to running over and killing a 101-year-old pedestrian in Boyle Heights, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Ricardo Avalos of Los Angeles entered his plea to one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter just as jury selection was slated to begin in his trial. He was immediately sentenced to three years in state prison.

Prosecutors said Avalos was driving a van around 6 a.m. on Oct. 1, 2014 when he struck and killed 101-year-old Jose Noriega as he walked across Lorena Street in a marked crosswalk. Avalos then drove away.

A motorist who witnessed the collision then followed Avalos, cutting off the van. Another driver also assisted by grabbing the defendant’s keys.

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Long Beach Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison For Shooting Code Enforcement Officer

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:33 am

A 54-year-old Long Beach man was sentenced today to 25 years in state prison for attempting to kill a city code enforcement officer and then shooting at officers during a seven-hour standoff, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Anthony Glen Gorospe was sentenced in a Long Beach courtroom by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark C. Kim. In February, Gorospe pleaded no contest to one count of attempted murder and two counts of assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm.

Deputy District Attorney Geoffrey Lewin with the Crimes Against Peace Officers Unit, who handled the case, said the defendant opened fire on a code enforcement officer and a cleaning crew who arrived at his Long Beach home on July 5, 2012. The crew went to his home in the 6100 block of North John Avenue because he had received several code violations.

Gorospe opened fire from inside his front door and struck the 52-year-old code enforcement officer near the left eye. The victim lost the use of that eye, Lewin said.

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Gang Member Ordered to Stand Trial for Killing of Man Outside of Redondo Beach Home

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:30 am

A 29-year-old man pleaded not guilty today after being ordered to stand trial for the killing of a man standing outside of a Redondo Beach home, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Allyson Ostrowski said Erick Julian Ortega was held to answer on June 2 for one count each of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Case YA087978 also alleges Ortega committed the crimes in association with a criminal street gang, used a handgun and was convicted in 2005 for making criminal threats and in 2007 for possession for sale of cocaine.

The defendant is due back on July 22 in Department G of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Torrance Branch.

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June 16, 2015

MAN EXTRADITED FROM REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA AFTER FLEEING UNITED STATES IN 2010 AND ARRAIGNED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES INCLUDING THREATENING, ASSAULTING, AND FALSELY IMPRISONING FEMALE DOMESTIC PARTNER

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 9:54 am

SANTA ANA – A man was extradited from the Republic of Georgia and arraigned today after fleeing the United States in 2010 after being charged with domestic violence against a female domestic partner. Alireza Al Sazegari, 36, Lake Forest, is charged with one felony count each of domestic battery with corporal injury, kidnapping, criminal threats, aggravated assault, false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, or deceit, and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime with a sentencing enhancement allegation for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, Sazegari faces a maximum sentence of 12 years and three months in state prison. Sazegari is being held on $500,000 bail and his arraignment has been continued to, July 6, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, Sazegari was in a romantic relationship with then 30-year-old Jane Doe and lived with the victim.

On July 6, 2010, Sazegari is accused of getting into a verbal argument with Jane Doe in his home. During the course of the argument the defendant is accused of slapping the victim in the face and then grabbing her by the hair and dragging her into the home’s bathroom. The defendant is accused of binding the victim’s wrists behind her back and ankles together with duct tape and placing a piece of duct tape over Jane Doe’s mouth. Sazegari is accused of locking the bathroom door and removing the door knob to prevent the victim from escaping.

Later that day, the defendant is accused of returning to the bathroom with a large knife and threatening the victim with violence if she attempted to leave or call the police. Sazegari is accused of forcing the victim to stay in a bedroom in the home.

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MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR CAUSING HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT KILLED WOMAN AND HER 2-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 9:44 am

SANTA ANA – A man is scheduled to be arraigned today for causing a hit-and-run crash that killed a woman and her granddaughter in Irvine. Alec Scott Abraham, 20, Costa Mesa, is charged with two felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, one felony count of hit-and-run with permanent injury or death, one felony count of reckless driving with bodily injury, and one misdemeanor count of petty theft by taking and carrying away, and sentencing enhancements for fleeing the scene of a vehicular manslaughter and inflicting great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in state prison. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

At approximately 8:50 p.m. on June 10, 2015, Abraham is accused of driving a Ford Mustang and traveling westbound on Alton Parkway in Irvine. He is accused of speeding and failing to stop for a red light at the intersection of Alton Parkway and Barranca Parkway. Abraham is accused of slamming into the driver’s side of a Chevy Cruze being driven by Katherine Hampton, 54, who was traveling southbound on Barranca Parkway through a green light with her daughter and two grandchildren also in the car. The defendant is accused of causing the crash which forced the vehicles into a Honda Civic that was stopped at the red light going eastbound on Alton Parkway. The solo driver in the Honda Civic was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and released.

Shortly after the crash, the defendant is accused of approaching a bystander and requesting to use their cellphone. Abraham is accused of taking the bystander’s phone and fleeing from the scene on foot.

The Orange County Fire Authority arrived to the scene of the crash and transported the victims to local hospitals. Katherine Hampton died at the scene as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.

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Man Pleads Guilty For Downtown Fire, Marijuana Grow

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 9:35 am

A Los Angeles man pleaded guilty today to running a downtown drug operation that caused a fire last summer, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Rafael Sarkisyan, 34, pleaded guilty to one count each of manufacturing a controlled substance, recklessly causing fire to an inhabited structure and animal cruelty.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 4 when he is expected to receive six years, eight months in state prison.

Deputy District Attorney Ashley Rosen with the Major Narcotics Division, who prosecuted the case, said a blaze broke out last July at a six-story building in downtown Los Angeles. After police and firefighters arrived, they found a marijuana grow and extraction lab on site.

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June 15, 2015

Former DEA Agent Arrested At LAX On Fraud And Passport Charges

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:03 am

RIVERSIDE, California – A former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration has been arrested on federal fraud charges for allegedly posing as an active FBI agent and helping a man who posed as a former federal prosecutor to defraud a man who enlisted their help in recovering money lost in two fraudulent investment schemes.

David Garcia Herrera, 70, of Torrance, was arrested last night at Los Angeles International Airport by special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Herrera, who is expected to be arraigned on a nine-count indictment this afternoon in United States District Court in Riverside, was arrested as he returned from a trip abroad.

Herrera is one of two defendants charged in an indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury on June 5 with two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, six counts of wire fraud and one count making false statements in a passport application.

The second defendant in the case – Jerome Arthur Whittington, 65, of La Quinta, who allegedly posed as a successful attorney and told at least one victim that he was a former federal prosecutor – is currently in custody after being indicted in June 2014 in relation to two other fraud schemes.

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Multiple Life Sentences for Defendant in 2011 Halloween Murder of Good Samaritan

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:00 am

A 21-year-old man was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus multiple life terms for the murder of a good Samaritan in Canyon Country, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Bradley Lieberman said Diamonte Jerome McGhee of Canyon Country was found guilty on Oct. 30, 2014 of one count each of first-degree murder and second-degree robbery, four counts of attempted murder and five counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm.

The jury found true a special circumstance allegation that the murder occurred during the commission of a robbery. And McGhee also was found to have personally fired the handgun during the murder and attempted murder.

Eric Michael Edwards, 21, of Lancaster was found guilty of one count each of first-degree murder and second-degree robbery and four counts each of attempted murder and assault with a semiautomatic firearm in case PA071844.

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Man Convicted of Assaulting, Killing Ex-Girlfriend in Watts

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:55 am

A 51-year-old man was convicted today of assaulting his ex-girlfriend in 2013 and killing her in 2014, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

The jury deliberated for less than two days before finding Mark Anthony Little (dob 12/6/63) guilty of first-degree murder, two counts each of corporal injury to a cohabitant and assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, and one count each of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, simple battery of a cohabitant and criminal threats in case TA133341.

Additionally, jurors found true a special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, during the commission of the killing.

Little is scheduled to be sentenced July 20 in Department C of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Compton Branch. The defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of 122 years to life in state prison.

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