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January 31, 2013

Three Alleged Gang Members Charged in Pasadena Robbery-Murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 8:26 pm

PASADENA – Capital murder charges were filed by the District Attorney’s office today in the Jan. 15 robbery-murder of a 21-year-old Pasadena man.

Deputy District Attorney Stefan Mrakich of the Hardcore Gang Division said the two defendants appeared for arraignment today, but the hearing was put over until Feb. 7 in Department N, Pasadena Superior Court. They are: Peter Parra, 35 (dob 4-5-1977), and Kevin Jessie Cabrera, 25 (dob 7-30-1987). A warrant was issued for the arrest of the third defendant.

All defendants were charged with the Jan. 15 murder of Zane Goldstein, who authorities said had driven to an apartment complex in Pasadena with his older brother. As they were driving away, police said, Zane Goldstein was shot to death.

Parra and the others were charged in case No. GA 088733 with one count of murder with the special circumstance of robbery murder with a street gang enhancement. Although filed as a capital case, a decision will not be made on whether to seek the death penalty until after the defendants are ordered to stand trial.

The defendants also were charged with one count of attempted second-degree robbery with the allegation that it was a gang crime. In addition, it was alleged that a principal fired the murder weapon, a shotgun.

The two defendants who appeared in court were arrested by Pasadena police this week.

January 24, 2013

Pizza Deliveryman Murderer Sentenced

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 1:49 am

LOS ANGELES – A 19-year-old man was sentenced today to more than 77 years to life in prison for the 2011 slaying of a 25-year-old pizza deliveryman in Silver Lake, the District Attorney’s office announced.

Jose Beltran, convicted of the second-degree murder of Juan Vazquez and the attempted murder of two of his friends, was sentenced by Judge Clifford Klein, who called the Aug. 7, 2011, murder “a callous killing.”

Deputy District Attorney Amy Ashvanian with the Hardcore Gang Division prosecuted the case.

Beltran was convicted in September of fatally shooting Vazquez, who was driving two co-workers home from work about 5 a.m. The shooting occurred in the 1400 block of Silver Lake Boulevard.

Three people addressed the judge prior to sentencing, including the two men who were riding with Juan Vazquez at the time and narrowly escaped being shot.

“His mother has so much pain,” said Luis Lopez, who addressed the court through a Spanish interpreter. “(Beltran) should be locked up.”

Man Charged in Northridge Quadruple Murder Case

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 1:36 am

SAN FERNANDO – A 31-year-old felon was charged today with capital murder in the fatal shooting of two women and two men outside a Northridge residence on Dec. 2, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Ka Pasasouk (dob 8-28-81), who has remained in custody since his Dec. 3 arrest in Las Vegas, was charged with the special circumstance murders of Teofilo Navales, Robert Calabia, Amanda Ghossein and Jennifer Kim outside the home in the 17400 block of Devonshire Street, said Deputy District Attorney Dan Akemon with the Major Crimes Division.

Pasasouk also was charged with one count of attempted murder, five counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon with five priors. The complaint, PA075729, alleges personal discharge of a handgun and the special circumstance of multiple murders.

Arraignment is currently scheduled for Jan. 25 at Los Angeles County Superior Court, San Fernando, Department S. He is being held without bail. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against the defendant.

Of the four people initially arrested in the case investigated by LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division, Pasasouk is the only one charged with gunning down all four victims. An investigation is ongoing.

January 23, 2013

West Covina Man Charged with Wife’s Murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 5:38 am

POMONA – A West Covina man was charged by the District Attorney’s office today with murdering his wife, whose body was found in her vehicle abandoned at a Hawaiian Gardens casino parking lot.

Tomas Rodriguez Infante, 60 (dob 3-7-1952), was charged in Case No. KA 100655 with one count of murder. Bail was recommended at $1 million. The defendant was to appear today in Department N, Pomona Superior Court, for arraignment.

The body of Charito Tolentino, Infante’s wife, was found Jan. 13 in the back of her vehicle, which had been left in the parking lot of the Hawaiian Gardens Casino. Authorities said she died from blunt force trauma and stabbing type injuries.

Infante was arrested by West Covina police and Sheriff’s homicide investigators Monday after a search warrant was served at the couple’s home.

Deputy District Attorney Manuel Garcia, in charged of the Victim Impact Program in Pomona filed the case. Deputy District Attorney Casey Higgins was assigned to prosecute.

If convicted as charged, Infante faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

January 19, 2013

Man Charged in Burning Death of Teen Girl

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 10:46 am

COMPTON – A murder charge was filed by the District Attorney’s Office today against a 35-year-old man accused of killing a 17-year-old girl whose burning body was found in a South Los Angeles street last fall.

Damond Williams (dob 3-18-1977) was expected to appear for arraignment later today in Compton Superior Court Department 12. He was arrested by Los Angeles Police on Thursday.

Besides the murder of the girl, identified only as Terrey W., Williams is charged with assaulting and raping a second woman in 2007. She survived.

Case No. TA 126561 charged Williams with one count of murder in the Sept. 17, 2012, killing of the teen whose burning body was found on Grand Avenue just north of 94th Street. He also is charged with one count each of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, forcible rape, sodomy by force and forcible oral copulation involving the second victim, identified only as Patricia B.

Bail was recommended at $1.33 million.

If convicted, Williams faces a possible maximum state prison term of life with the possibility of parole.

January 14, 2013

MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR MACHETE ATTACK IN CONSPIRACYTO MURDER CO-DEFENDANT’S HUSBAND

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 7:35 pm

SANTA ANA - A man was sentenced today to 25 years to life in state prison for conspiracy to commit murder and attacking his co-defendant’s husband with a machete. Antonio Cinco Ortega, 26, Santa Ana, was found guilty by a jury in a re-trial on Nov. 1, 2012, of one felony count of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, and one felony count of mayhem. The sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury and the personal use of a deadly weapon were found true.

Ortega’s friend, Michael Calvin Shores II, 42, Fountain Valley, and Shores’ lover Mary Katheryn Sharpski, 50, Fountain Valley, are both charged with one felony count of attempted murder, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, one felony count of mayhem, and a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury. If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of life in state prison. They are scheduled for a pre-trial trial setting conference April 12, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, Frank and Mary Sharpski were married with three children. Mary Sharpski is accused of having an affair with Shores, a tenant in her family’s home for several months. Mary Sharpski is accused of planning to murder her husband in order to live with Shores and her three children as a family.

Mary Sharpski and Shores are accused of meeting and conspiring with Ortega, a good friend of Shores. Mary Sharpski is accused of agreeing to pay Ortega to murder her husband and providing him with information on the victim’s daily route.

In the early morning of March 3, 2009, Ortega attacked Frank Sharpski in an alley outside of the victim’s home with a machete. Ortega fractured the victim’s skull, severed a thumb and fingers, partly severed his nose, caused several machete wounds, and left him to die.

When Fountain Valley Police Department (FVPD) officers responded at 5:50 a.m. to the scene, they found Frank Sharpski on the ground near the carports bleeding severely and semi-conscious. He was transported to the hospital, where he narrowly survived after undergoing several surgeries.

January 12, 2013

Alleged Shooter Charged in Venice Pastor’s Murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 5:06 am

LOS ANGELES – A reputed gang member suspected of fatally shooting a Compton youth minister in Venice last June has been charged with his murder, along with a third accomplice, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Teresa Magno with the Hardcore Gang Division said Hopeton Parsley, 23 (dob 8-2-89), was charged Wednesday with being the shooter in the murder of Oscar Duncan on June 4, 2012.

Parsley, who was arrested Thursday by LAPD officers, is scheduled to be arraigned today at Los Angeles Superior Court, Airport Division, in Department 144. Prosecutors will ask his bail be set at $2 million.

Parsley, a reputed Playboy Gangster Crip, was among a group of men who allegedly drove up to Oscar Duncan and his girlfriend, who were standing on a Venice street. Authorities say the assailants shouted a gang name before Parsley allegedly fired a single shot, striking the 23-year-old Duncan in the head. Duncan, who was not a gang member, was involved in gang intervention in addition to being a youth minister.

Parsley joins co-defendant Kevin Dwayne Green, 29, aka Baby Skull, and Nichole Sheran, 18 (dob 10-24-94) in case SA 080993. All three are charged with one count of murder with gun use and street gang allegations. The complaint alleges Parsley, who has prior convictions, personally discharged a handgun.

Green, who was charged in June with murder and a separate count of second degree robbery that allegedly occurred on May 21 along with one count of felon in possession of a firearm, returns to Department D on Jan. 28 for a pretrial conference. Sheran, who pleaded not guilty to the single count of murder, returns to court Feb. 20 for preliminary hearing setting.

If convicted, Parsley faces a minimum of 50 years to life in prison.

January 10, 2013

18th Street Gangmember Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for Racketeering Offenses Related to Fatal Shooting of 23-Day-Old Infant

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 8:18 pm

LOS ANGELES – A member of the 18th Street criminal street gang was sentenced to life without parole in federal prison for his conviction on racketeering offenses arising out of the September 2007 shooting of a street vendor near MacArthur Park that resulted in the murder of a 23-day-old infant.

Javier Perez, 35, received a life sentence from United States District Judge Dean D. Pregerson. There is no parole in the federal system.

Perez was one of four defendants – all of whom were members or associates of the Columbia Lil’ Cycos clique of the 18th Street gang (the “CLCS Organization”) – who were found guilty of federal racketeering offenses last May.

The three other defendants found guilty after last May’s trial are: Eduardo Hernandez, 35; Vladimir Iraheta, 31; and Leonidas Iraheta, 31. Judge Pregerson is scheduled to sentence those defendants on January 24 and 25.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, the CLCS Organization used violence and intimidation to control narcotics distribution in an area adjoining MacArthur Park in the Westlake District of Los Angeles. Under the orders of the CLCS Organization’s leadership, narcotics suppliers and street dealers paid “rent” – typically a percentage of proceeds from the sale of narcotics – in exchange for permission from the CLCS Organization to sell narcotics in the organization’s territory. Those who paid “rent” received the exclusive authorization to sell narcotics in CLCS Organization territory, as well as protection from rivals. Street vendors operating in CLCS Organization territory also were required to pay “rent” to the organization in order to be allowed to sell their wares near MacArthur Park. Evidence presented at trial showed that the CLCS Organization made tens of thousands of dollars a week through its collection of “rent.” The failure or refusal to pay “rent” and otherwise follow the organization’s rules would result in retribution, including acts of violence.

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January 8, 2013

Man Charged With Murder of Man Discovered Buried in Concrete

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 8:39 pm

WHITTIER – A 45-year-old Santa Fe Springs man was charged today with fatally shooting a man that he later allegedly encased in concrete, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Juan Manuel Ramirez, aka Juan Alberto Galviz (dob 1-14-66) is scheduled to be arraigned at Los Angeles Superior Court in Whittier sometime after 1:30 p.m.

Ramirez is charged in case VA128108 with one count of murder with a special allegation that he personally discharged a shotgun. Prosecutors will ask his bail be set at $1 million.

Ramirez allegedly fatally shot the victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of relatives, on Dec. 23. He later encased the body in cement and buried inside a Santa Fe Springs business, said Deputy District Attorney Jennifer McDonald, deputy in charge of the Whittier Office. Whittier police responded to a tip and discovered the body on Monday.

If convicted, Ramirez faces up to life in prison.

January 7, 2013

Two Charged in Connection With Christmas Day Murder of a Neighborhood Coach

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 11:06 pm

PASADENA – A reputed gang member was charged today with capital murder in the Dec. 25 fatal shooting of a neighborhood athletics coach who was caught in the line of fire during a car-to-car shooting, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Larry Darnell Bishop Jr., 20 (dob 7-8-92), is charged in case GA088554 with one count of murder with the special circumstances of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle and murder to further a criminal street gang. He’s also charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of shooting at an inhabited dwelling, and possession of a firearm by a felon, charges that include personal discharge of a handgun.

Deputy District Attorney Mark Inaba with the Hardcore Gang Division said that Bishop and a second suspect, Gary Aurthur (CQ) Davis, 20 (dob 3-13-92), who is charged in the same complaint as being an accessory after the fact, will make their first court appearance this afternoon at Los Angeles Superior Court in Pasadena, Department D.

Bishop is charged with fatally shooting Victor McClinton, 49, who was gunned down about 11 a.m. on Christmas Day at Newport Avenue and Wyoming Street in Pasadena. The father of two was walking a fellow coach to his car when he was fatally shot, authorities said.

Bishop is also charged with the attempted murder of a driver who crashed his vehicle into a light pole after he sustained a gunshot wound.

There is no evidence at this time that McClinton’s fatal shooting is related to a brief high-speed car chase that killed two people in the same area hours later. Police are still investigating both incidents.

Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty for Bishop, who was convicted of two felony commercial burglaries in San Bernardino County.

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