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December 21, 2017

Venice Man Charged with Deadly PCH Pursuit

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 9:12 am

A 22-year-old man has been charged with leading police on a pursuit and later crashing into a landscaper walking on Pacific Coast Highway, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Deputy District Attorney Paul Seo said Kevin James Hicks (dob 6/22/95) faces one felony count each of vehicular manslaughter, fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle causing death and driving or taking a vehicle without consent with a prior and one misdemeanor count of driving when privilege suspended or revoked. The criminal complaint alleges Hicks was convicted earlier this year of grand theft auto in Kern County. Arraignment is scheduled today in Department 100 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Van Nuys Branch. Case LA087357 was filed on Dec. 7. On Nov. 29, Hicks is charged with driving a stolen Mazda 6 on PCH and then leading police on a pursuit after initially pulling over near Ramirez Mesa Drive. Police allegedly stopped pursuing the defendant as he drove at a high rate of speed soon before crashing into Juan Castillo, 28, who was walking on the right shoulder, the prosecutor said. If convicted as charged, Hicks faces a possible maximum sentence of 12 years and 10 months in state prison. Bail is set at $180,000. The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Lost Hills Station.

Los Angeles District Attorney / Case LA087357 / December 14, 2017

December 20, 2017

PREGNANT MOTHER OF FOUR FACING LIFE IN PRISON FOR TORTURING 15-MONTH-OLD TWINS RESULTING IN BONE FRACTURES AND BRAIN BLEED

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:46 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A pregnant mother of four is scheduled to be arraigned today and faces 26 years to life in prison for torturing 15-month-old twins in her care, resulting in multiple bone fractures and bleeding in the brain.

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
Sacil Siglaly Lucero, 26, Santa Ana Charged today with the following felony counts:

  • Assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in paralysis
  • (2) Torture
  • Child abuse

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Great bodily injury to a child under 5 years old
26 years to life in state prison Arraignment

Dec. 19, 2017, time to be determined

Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana

Bail: $1 million

Circumstances of the Case

  • Between Nov. 1, 2017, and Dec. 16, 2017, Lucero is accused of torturing and abusing twin 15-month-old children in her care, Jane Doe and John Doe, which caused severe injuries including skull fractures, rib fractures, and bruising.
  • On Dec. 16, 2017, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Lucero is accused of slamming Jane Doe’s head into a metal bed frame until she became unresponsive. (more…)

FORMER FULLERTON CITY MANAGER CONVICTED OF RECKLESS DRIVING INVOLVING ALCOHOL ON ELECTION NIGHT

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:43 am

FULLERTON, Calif. – The former city manager of Fullerton pleaded guilty today to reckless driving involving alcohol on election night in 2016.

Defendant Charge Sentence
Joseph Burt Felz, 58, Fullerton Pleaded guilty today to:

· One misdemeanor count of reckless driving involving alcohol

Counts as a prior conviction if the defendant is charged with driving under the influence within 10 years

· 40 hours of community service

· Three years of informal probation

· Must complete three month First Offender Alcohol Program and pay a $390 fine

· Restitution to the City of Fullerton

Circumstances of the Case

· In the early morning hours of Nov. 9, 2016, Felz recklessly drove a vehicle in a residential area of Fullerton after consuming alcohol.

· The defendant drove over a curb and struck a tree, and a witness to the incident called 911. (more…)

Lancaster Couple Charged with Attempting to Abandon Their Children

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:41 am

A father and mother in Lancaster have been charged with attempting to give their children away and being under the influence of drugs, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Vincent Paul Calogero (dob 1/12/79) and Sarah Elise Nilson (dob 9/8/85) each face two felony counts of attempt to abandon a child, two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment and one misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant.

The couple pleaded not guilty to the charges yesterday. They are scheduled to return to court for a bail review hearing tomorrow in Department A01 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Antelope Valley Branch. Bail for case MA072809 is currently set at $40,000 for each defendant.

On Dec. 14, Calogero and Nilson allegedly offered their two boys, ages 1 and 2, to strangers, prosecutors said. Both defendants also are charged with keeping the children in unsafe conditions.

If convicted as charged, Calogero and Nison each face a possible maximum sentence of five years in jail. (more…)

December 19, 2017

Actor Pleads Guilty to Possessing Large Collection of Child Pornography Found on His Home Computer

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

LOS ANGELES – Actor Mark Wayne Salling today pleaded guilty to a federal offense of possessing child pornography and specifically admitted that he possessed approximately 25,000 images of children engaged in sexual conduct.

Salling, 35, of Shadow Hills, who is best known for his role as Noah Puckerman on the television show “Glee,” pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.

In a plea agreement filed in October in United States District Court, Salling acknowledged that he downloaded the images from the internet in 2015 and used software designed to conceal his activity. The collection was discovered on a laptop computer, a hard drive, and a USB flash drive after Salling showed some of the images to a girlfriend, who reported the matter to local enforcement.

Salling pleaded guilty this afternoon before United States District Judge Otis Wright II, who scheduled a sentencing hearing for March 7.

The child pornography charge that Salling admitted today carries a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. The parties to the plea agreement have agreed that the appropriate sentence in this case is four years to seven years in federal prison, to be followed by a 20-year period of supervised release. If Judge Wright decides to impose a sentence outside of the agreed-upon range, either party will have the option of withdrawing from the agreement. (more…)

SACRAMENTO MAN CHARGED WITH TRAFFICKING, PIMPING, AND PANDERING TWIN SISTERS IN LOS ANGELES AND ORANGE COUNTY

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Sacramento man was charged with trafficking, pimping, and pandering twin sisters in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
Kinning Donell Jefferson, 23, Sacramento Charged on Dec. 12, 2017, and Dec. 15, 2017, with the following felony counts:

  • (2) Human trafficking
  • (2) Pimping
  • (2) Pandering
  • (2) Assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury
  • Criminal threats
27 years and four months in state prison Continued arraignment

Jan. 24, 2017, 8:30 a.m.

Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Jefferson is accused of being a human trafficker/pimp who exploits women 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. Pimps often establish rigid rules that their victims are expected to follow including requiring victims to speak only when spoken to, address the pimp as “Sir” or “Daddy,” assigning seats in the car based on “rank,” and setting daily quotas that the victims are expected to fulfill. The victims are required to turn over all payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp. Failure to follow these rules can result in deprivation of food and/or physical and/or emotional abuse.

Circumstances of the Case (more…)

MAN SENTENCED TO 21 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ROBBING SEVERAL MARIJUANA DEALERS AT GUNPOINT DURING LARGE-SCALE DRUG DEALS AT NEWPORT COAST RESORT

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was sentenced to 21 years in state prison today for robbing several marijuana dealers at gunpoint during two large-scale drug deals at a resort in Newport Coast.

Defendant

Charges

Sentence

Thomas Lamarr Prince, 41, Anaheim

Found guilty by a jury on Oct. 18, 2017, of the following felony counts:

  • (4) Robbery

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Prior strike conviction for robbery in Los Angeles in 2015

21 years in state prison

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Feb.18, 2017, and March 21, 2017, Prince met victims in a parking lot in Newport Coast to purchase large quantities of marijuana worth over $100,000.
  • On each occasion, the defendant drove the victims to a nearby resort to conduct the illegal exchange inside a private hotel villa.
  • Once inside the room, Prince robbed the victims at gunpoint and stole 60 pounds of marijuana and 90 pounds of marijuana, respectively, as well as the victims’ personal belongings.
  • The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) investigated this case after robbery victim John Doe’s family member reported him missing on Feb 18, 2017.
  • Two of John Doe’s associates, Steele Burnside and Nicholas Hernandez, are accused of holding the victim hostage in exchange for the $130,000 estimated value of the marijuana lost as a result of the robbery (Case # 17HF0244). They were arrested by NBPD on Feb 20, 2017.
  • NBPD identified Prince as the robbery suspect following the kidnapping investigation and arrested the defendant on March 29, 2017.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos, Special Prosecutions Unit

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 17HF0430 / December 15, 2017

December 18, 2017

Los Angeles-Area Woman Charged in Federal Case that Alleges Murder-for-Hire Plot Against Boyfriend with Life Insurance Policy

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 11:01 am

LOS ANGELES – Federal authorities this week arrested a Bellflower woman on federal charges that she contracted with an FBI informant to kill her boyfriend in exchange for a portion of the proceeds she expected to collect from a life insurance policy.

Rasheeda Johnson Turner, 37, was arrested Wednesday evening and was charged in a criminal complaint with use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire.

Turner, who has used the online monikers “Fiesty” and “Mz. Fiesty,” made her first court appearance yesterday afternoon and was ordered detained pending trial.

The criminal complaint filed in United States District Court alleges that Turner sought assistance in murdering her boyfriend – who is identified in court documents by the initials L.G. – so that she could collect the proceeds from his life insurance policy. Turner told the informant she was the beneficiary of a $150,000 life insurance policy and that she would pay the killer $50,000.

During a series of conversations over the past two weeks that are outlined in the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, Turner told the informant that she initially planned to kill the intended victim herself – and she had obtained “pure acid” as part of the scheme – but feared being discovered and did not follow through with the plan. (more…)

FONTANA MAN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON FOR TRAFFICKING MINOR FROM SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY AND PIMPING VICTIM IN SANTA ANA

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 10:58 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Fontana man was sentenced to eight years in state prison today for trafficking a minor girl from San Bernardino County and pimping the victim in Santa Ana.

Defendant

Charges

Sentence

Armani Montrale Green, 21, Fontana

Found guilty by a jury on Nov. 21, 2017, of one felony count each of:

  • Human trafficking of a minor
  • Pimping a minor
  • Pandering a minor
  • Eight years in state prison
  • Mandatory lifetime sex offender registration

Circumstances of the Case

Green is a human trafficker/pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. Pimps often establish rigid rules their victims are expected to follow including requiring victims to speak only when spoken to, address the pimp as “Sir” or “Daddy,” assigning seats in the car based on “rank,” and setting daily quotas that the victims are expected to fulfill. The victims are often required to turn over all payments they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp. Failure to follow these rules can result in deprivation of food and/or physical and/or emotional abuse. (more…)

MAN SENTENCED TO 219 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR REPEATEDLY SEXUALLY ASSAULTING FOUR GIRLS OVER THE COURSE OF 17 YEARS

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 10:56 am
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was sentenced to 219 years and four months to life in state prison today for repeatedly sexually assaulting four girls over the course of 17 years.

Defendant Charges Sentence
Martin Rodriguez Garcia, 51, Las Vegas, Nevada Found guilty by a jury on Nov. 29, 2017, of the following felony counts:

  • (15) Lewd acts upon a child under 14
  • (2) Assault with the intent to commit rape
  • Assault with the intent to commit digital penetration
  • Lewd acts upon a child
  • Aggravated sexual assault of a child
  • 219 years and four months to life in state prison
  • Mandatory lifetime sex offender registration

Circumstances of the Case