A Torrance Superior Court jury has convicted a husband and wife of vandalizing the Palos Verdes Estates home that they claim was stolen from them by deposed Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Harry and Vilumin McMullin each face up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine when they are sentenced March 16 for vandalizing the home they once owned on Via Romero.
After two days of deliberation, the jury reached its verdict on the vandalism charge on Wednesday. It deadlocked 10-2, however, in favor of conviction on an additional charge that the couple stole all of the house's elegant appointments, right down to the onyx and hardwood floors.
Police said the couple caused $200,000 damage when they stripped the home in August, 1986.
The McMullins, who now live in New Mexico, claimed that they had made payments on the home and that a 1985 foreclosure by a Panamanian bank was improper. They claimed that Marcos had an interest in the bank, Comercio Insular, and forced the foreclosure after the couple advocated the overthrow of the Philippine ruler.