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May 27, 2015

MAN SENTENCED TO 13 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ATTEMPTING TO MURDER FEMALE JOGGER BY STABBING HER MULTIPLE TIMES

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

WESTMINSTER – A man was sentenced today to 13years in state prison for the attempted murder of a female jogger by stabbing her multiple times. James Anthony Rivas, 20, Rossmoor, was found guilty by a jury on April 3, 2015, of one felony count each of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and mayhem, with sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury and the personal use of a deadly weapon.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2012, Rivas, then 18 years old, approached 27-year-old Jane Doe, who was jogging through a residential neighborhood in Rossmoor.

Rivas ran up behind Jane Doe who turned around and confronted the defendant. Rivas then stabbed Jane Doe multiple times with a knife as he knocked her to the ground and got on top of her. The defendant cut the victim’s face, back, arm, and hand. Jane Doe knocked the knife out of his hand and Rivas fled the scene after a neighbor heard screaming and came outside. Jane Doe was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

On Oct. 25, 2012, Orange County Sheriff’s Department detectives, who investigated this case, arrested Rivas.

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PERFORMANCE AUDIT CONDUCTED BY INDEPENDENT CONSULTING FIRM OF OCDA PUBLISHED

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

SANTA ANA –An independent consulting firm has published the performance audit of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA). The audit was conducted by Altmayer Consulting (Altmayer) and focused on the daily operation and management of the OCDA divisions, including Branch Court Operations, General Felonies/Economic Crimes, Special Projects, Vertical Prosecutions/Violent Crimes, Administrative Services, and the Bureau of Investigation.

The report, which describes the OCDA as performing at a “high-level,” includes findings and recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Process of Choosing Independent Firm Uniquely Qualified to Conduct Audit

In November 2013, the then-Performance Audit Director, Phillip Cheng, and the OCDA met to discuss an audit in 2015, but that audit would later be moved to an earlier date in 2014 by the Board of Supervisors.

In August 2014, Performance Audit Director Cheng met with the OCDA again, and a day later, presented the Office with a scope of work outlining their proposed audit, including a review of OCDA’s allocation of resources, conviction rate, investigative and prosecutorial methodology, and deliberative process.

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May 26, 2015

MAN SENTENCED TO 13 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ATTEMPTING TO MURDER FEMALE JOGGER BY STABBING HER MULTIPLE TIMES

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

WESTMINSTER – A man was sentenced today to 13years in state prison for the attempted murder of a female jogger by stabbing her multiple times. James Anthony Rivas, 20, Rossmoor, was found guilty by a jury on April 3, 2015, of one felony count each of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and mayhem, with sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury and the personal use of a deadly weapon.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2012, Rivas, then 18 years old, approached 27-year-old Jane Doe, who was jogging through a residential neighborhood in Rossmoor.

Rivas ran up behind Jane Doe who turned around and confronted the defendant. Rivas then stabbed Jane Doe multiple times with a knife as he knocked her to the ground and got on top of her. The defendant cut the victim’s face, back, arm, and hand. Jane Doe knocked the knife out of his hand and Rivas fled the scene after a neighbor heard screaming and came outside. Jane Doe was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

On Oct. 25, 2012, Orange County Sheriff’s Department detectives, who investigated this case, arrested Rivas.

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MAN CHARGED WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING, PIMPING, AND PANDERING WOMAN

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

WESTMINSTER – A man was arraigned today on charges of human trafficking, pimping, and pandering a woman. Tyrell Anthony Lancaster, 32, Hemet, is charged with one felony count of human trafficking, one felony count of pimping, one felony count of pandering, and sentencing enhancements for a prior 2009 strike conviction for conspiracy to commit a crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang, and three prison priors for the possession of a controlled substance in 2002, conspiracy to commit a crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang in 2009, and attempted fraud by writing a false check in 2011. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 43 years in state prison. Lancaster is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on June 1, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-12, West Justice Center, Westminster.

Circumstances of the Case

Lancaster is accused of being a human trafficker/pimp who exploits women for financial gain.

In Oct. 2014, Lancaster is accused of meeting Jane Doe and pandering to the victim by promising her more money and a better life if she performed commercial sex acts. The defendant is accused of trafficking the victim by inducing her to drive with him to areas known for prostitution in Orange County, Texas, and Arizona.

The defendant is accused of establishing rigid rules that the victim was expected to follow including setting daily quotas that Jane Doe was expected to fulfill and threatening the victim with physical violence if she attempted to leave or did not meet the quotas that he set. Lancaster is accused of pimping the victim by requiring her to turn over all of the money that she received from performing commercial sex acts.

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MAN ARRAIGNED FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING, ATTEMPTED PIMPING, AND PANDERING OF UNDERCOVER OFFICER WHOM HE BELIEVED TO BE MINOR GIRL, ON FACEBOOK

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

FULLERTON – A man was arraigned today on charges of human trafficking, attempted pimping and pandering of an undercover officer, whom believed to be a minor girl, on Facebook. Brandon Roosevelt Starks, 30, Fresno, is charged with one felony count of human trafficking, one felony count of attempted pimping of a minor, one felony count of pimping, and one felony count of pandering. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 13 years and four months in state prison. He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on June 1, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-12, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

Circumstances of the Case

Starksis 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.

Between March 19, 2015, and May 19, 2015, Starks is accused of contacting an undercover officer, whom he believed to be a minor, on Facebook. The defendant is accused of attempting to induce and persuade the officer to engage and perform commercial sex acts through Facebook messages with the promise that it would benefit each of them financially. The defendant is accused of attempting to persuade the officer to meet him in Fresno and instructing her that he would then transport her to areas known for prostitution in Orange County.

During the same time, the defendant is accused of pimping his girlfriend Jane Doe, and taking the money that the victim received from performing commercial sex acts.

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May 25, 2015

Man Charged with Murder After Hacienda Heights Car Crash

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 8:36 am

An 18-year-old motorist has been charged in connection with a fatal car crash that killed a Hacienda Heights mother and severely injured her two sons, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Aron Harutun Petrosian (dob 3/14/97) of Hacienda Heights pleaded not guilty yesterday to one count of murder and two counts of reckless driving on a highway causing injury in case KA109617.

The felony complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant committed great bodily injury during the commission of the crime.

Deputy District Attorney Sandra Jimenez, who is assigned to the case, said on Dec. 17, 2014, Petrosian was driving his vehicle at a high rate of speed when he crashed into a car driven by Bertha Alicia Rosales, 42. Rosales’ two sons, ages 13 and 10, were also in the vehicle, the prosecutor said.

Following the collision, Rosales was taken to the hospital for medical treatment, but ultimately succumbed to her injuries. (more…)

Mother Charged with Stabbing Son in Cudahy

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 8:34 am

A 23-year-old woman accused of stabbing her toddler son during a domestic dispute has been charged today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Michelle Betancourt (dob 2/15/92) of Cudahy has been charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon – a knife in case VA139184.

The felony complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant personally inflicted great bodily injury during the commission of the crime.

The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 69 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Metropolitan Branch. Prosecutors will ask bail be set at $90,000.

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Los Angeles Man Receives 5 Years in Prison For Robbing Elderly Women

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 8:31 am

A 38-year-old man was sentenced today to five years in state prison after pleading guilty to robbing elderly women who had just withdrawn money from their banks, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Dewayne Taylor entered his plea today to two counts of robbery and admitted the special allegations of inflicting great bodily injury on a person over 70 years old and committing a crime against someone over the age of 65.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Horwitz immediately sentenced Taylor and ordered the defendant to pay nearly $8,500 in restitution to the victims.

Deputy District Attorney Michelle Dodd of the Elder Abuse Section said Taylor robbed an 85-year-old woman last September as she went back to her South Los Angeles home from a bank. Taylor fled in a car after he grabbed the woman’s purse. The victim fell to the ground and was injured.

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May 22, 2015

O.C. Man Who Hawked Bogus Investments in Treatments for Common Ailments Sentenced to over 12 Years in Federal Prison

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:41 am

SANTA ANA, California – An Irvine man who ran a fraud scheme that raised well over $3 million from victims who thought they were investing in products that would treat childhood obesity and Type II diabetes was sentenced today to 151 months in federal prison.

Charles M. “Chuck” Davis, 57, was sentenced by United States District Judge Andrew Guilford. In addition to the prison term, Judge Guilford ordered Davis to pay $3,468,934 in restitution to 66 victims.

Following a seven-day last June, a federal jury found Davis guilty of two counts of mail fraud, seven counts of wire fraud and four counts of money laundering.

The evidence presented during the trial showed that Davis operated an investment scam involving the Newport Beach-based LifeRight Holdings, Inc. According to promises made by Davis, LifeRight was going to develop and use infomercials to market a product to combat child obesity. Davis promised investors a 15 percent return in only 13 months, as well as royalties on products sold and an option to convert the investment into shares of LifeRight stock when the company began selling product. Davis took in approximately $2.5 million from 45 investors, who lost all of their money.

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MAN SENTENCED TO 13 YEARS IN PRISON FOR KILLING THREE TEENS IN HIT AND RUN ON HALLOWEEN

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 3:37 am

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to 13 years and eight months in state prison and six months in jail for killing three teens in a hit and run on Halloween night. Jaquinn Ramone Bell, 32, Orange, pleaded guilty March 20, 2015, to three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, one felony count of hit and run with permanent injury or death, one misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license, and sentencing enhancements for fleeing the scene of a crime after committing vehicular manslaughter.

Bell was additionally sentenced today to 180 days in jail for a probation violation in Case # 14NM08472. In that case Bell was convicted on Aug. 4, 2014, of one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol, one misdemeanor count of child endangerment, and one misdemeanor count of hit and run with property damage.

When Bell was first charged on Nov. 4, 2014, he was also facing sentencing enhancement allegations for personally inflicting great bodily injury and a maximum sentence of 17 years in state prison. In February 2015, the California Supreme Court ruled that a great bodily injury enhancement could not attach to any manslaughter charge under any circumstance. As a result, an amended complaint was filed March 20, 2015, excluding the sentencing enhancement allegation for personally inflicting great bodily injury.

On Halloween night, Oct. 31, 2014, Bell was driving on Fairhaven Avenue in the City of Santa Ana in excess of 60 mph where the posted speed limit is 45 mph. At approximately 6:45 p.m., Bell drove through a crosswalk as 13-year-old twins Lexandra H. and Lexie H. and their friend, 13-year-old Andrea G., were in the crosswalk. Bell struck the three teens with his vehicle, failed to stop to render aid, and fled the scene. The three victims were later pronounced dead at the scene.

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