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June 27, 2011


Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , , , — fayarfa @ 6:50 pm

WESTMINSTER - A man was sentenced today to eight years in state prison for raping and sodomizing a woman after forcing her into his vehicle. Phat Huy To, 27, Garden Grove, pleaded guilty to the court to one felony count each of forcible rape, sodomy by force, forcible oral copulation, and kidnapping.

At approximately 2:00 a.m. on July 16, 2010, To observed 23-year-old Jane Doe walking on Westminster Boulevard in Garden Grove while driving in his 2-door sedan. The victim and To did not know each other. The defendant pulled up next to the victim, rolled down the window, and ordered her to “get in the f***ing car” while holding what appeared to be a firearm under his shirt.

To drove the victim to his Garden Grove home and forced the victim to orally copulate him and forcibly raped and sodomized her in the garage of the home for over two hours. After terrorizing and sexually assaulting Jane Doe, To took her cell phone and bra and then dropped her off on a random Garden Grove street and fled the scene.

Jane Doe flagged down a passing Garden Grove Police officer and reported the crime. DNA was collected from the victim during the rape examination and was matched to To, whose DNA was in the State database stemming from an unrelated prior conviction.

May 25, 2011

Man Sentenced for Murder of Parents and Former Girlfriend

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 12:45 pm

LOS ANGELES – A 29-year-old man convicted earlier this month of murdering his parents and a former girlfriend was sentenced today to 85 years to life, plus three consecutive life-without-parole sentences.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Bob Bowers imposed the sentence on Joshua Vick of Los Angeles, who was convicted on May 2 of three counts of first-degree murder with true findings on two special circumstance allegations – murder during a kidnapping and multiple murders. A special allegation that Vick personally used a handgun in the killings also was found to be true.

The defendant was additionally convicted of one count each of robbery and attempted robbery, and three counts of making criminal threats. Deputy District Attorney Robert Grace of the Major Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

Vick fatally shot his mother and father, Mary and Gable Vick, on Jan. 14, 2005, at their apartment. Authorities said that on the same day, he kidnapped his former girlfriend, Tesha Collins, from an education center where she was teaching.

Police spotted Vick driving in South Los Angeles the next day and pulled the car over. He was arrested after a gun battle with police. Collins body was found next to the car. She also was fatally shot.

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