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February 29, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cinnamon Brown, whose sensational 1985 murder of her stepmother at her father's urging was the subject of two books and a television miniseries, is free after serving seven years in a California Youth Authority facility. Brown, 21, was quietly paroled last week after a 2-1 vote in her favor by a Youth Authority review board. Authorities said she is living in Orange County and preparing to take a clerical job.
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July 6, 2003 | Scott Martelle, Scott Martelle is a Times staff writer based in Orange County.
The presentations are already underway by the time Mike Carona, wearing his signature green sheriff's uniform with four silver stars on each collar, strides through the restaurant and past the sign-in table. A young volunteer does a double take, then scoops a gold-ribboned name tag from the table and catches up with Carona just before he reaches the meeting room. They speak quietly and flash smiles as she presses the name tag into his hand.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1995 | THAO HUA
About a dozen friends gathered Thursday evening to remember a 21-year-old former member of the Spur Posse, which came under police scrutiny for its point system based on sexual conquests, who was shot dead in the midst of a Fourth of July melee. Christopher Albert, who had moved to Huntington Beach a few months ago, had been walking along Pacific Coast Highway with some friends about 11 p.m. Tuesday when he was shot in the chest.
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December 18, 2001 | DAVID HALDANE and KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An armored truck guard was shot to death by a robber Monday in front of employees at an Anaheim catering truck company. The Brinks guard was in a hallway when a gunman confronted him and fired once, striking him in the head, police said. The 29-year-old guard died at the scene. The gunman fled from Orange County Food Services in the 3000 block of East Mira Loma Avenue and was at large Monday night. Anaheim Police Sgt. Mike Hidalgo said investigators had not determined how much money was taken.
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December 13, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The way detectives see it, Dr. Kenneth C. Stahl was a man who became snared in a deadly double-double cross. For months, they said, he had meticulously planned the murder of his wife. He left no detail to chance, from the romantic dinner to the impromptu ride later that night along a remote stretch of Ortega Highway, where two hired killers were supposed to meet the couple and carry out the hit. But something went wrong.
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March 31, 1992 | DONNETTE DUNBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An attorney for Maria del Rosio Alfaro, who could face the death penalty after being convicted of killing a 9-year-old Anaheim girl, on Monday said his client was a victim of the "dreaded disease of drugs" and oblivious of the crime she committed. Defense attorney William M. Monroe, in an opening statement during the penalty phase of Alfaro's trial, painted the 20-year-old convicted killer as a "woman-child" whose lifestyle led to tragedy.
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July 30, 1995 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An investigation into the slaying of a Placentia girl that baffled law enforcement officials for eight years came to an end this week when authorities charged a convicted rapist in connection with her death. Raymond J. Barthlett, 34, was arrested Friday after DNA evidence linked him to the slaying of 14-year-old Wendy Osborn. She was abducted Jan. 20, 1987, while walking to school and was later raped and killed.
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January 4, 1990 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 36-year-old former member of a motorcycle gang testified Wednesday that he was so frightened after watching Thomas F. Maniscalco and a small band of killers leave three people dead in a Westminster home in 1980 that he hid for a year for fear he would be next. Robert Robbins, a bearded former member of The Family motorcycle gang in Michigan, was the leadoff witness at Maniscalco's murder trial in the Memorial Day triple slaying.
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June 23, 1996 | H.G. REZA and RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It was a joyous, tearful family reunion as Kevin Lee Green returned home Saturday after spending 17 years in custody for an Orange County murder that police now say he didn't commit. "I knew I wasn't guilty, and I tried to tell everyone that would listen I wasn't, and it didn't work," Green told television reporters. Vindication came Thursday, when a horrified legal system realized its error and granted freedom to the former Marine, who promptly flew to St.
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May 2, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who witnesses said committed a 1980 Orange County murder for which a wrongly convicted man spent 20 years in prison has been set free, and prosecutors have no immediate plans to charge him in connection with the case. Raymond Herman Jackett, 41, was paroled April 15 from Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, where he had been held on drug and fraud charges unrelated to the December 1980 slaying of a Burger King assistant manager.
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December 15, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Buena Park man will be tried a third time on murder charges in the 1999 shooting death of a teenager he said stole Halloween decorations from his front porch, prosecutors said Friday. Peter Solomona, who remains free on $250,000 bail, left the courtroom teary-eyed after Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey set an April 29 trial date. "It's a disappointment that we have to go through this again," said Solomona's attorney, Milton Grimes. "It was an unfortunate accident.
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December 8, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury deadlocked Friday in the murder trial of a Buena Park homeowner who shot and killed a 17-year-old neighbor as he tried to steal a plastic Halloween pumpkin from the man's front lawn. After four days of sometimes tearful deliberations, frustrated jurors announced that they could not agree on a verdict in the case against Pete T. Solomona, 50, who has now been tried twice without a resolution. Jurors said they split 9 to 3, with the majority favoring a guilty verdict.
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December 3, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two years have passed since her son Brandon was shot dead while pulling a Halloween prank in Buena Park, and Jessie Ketsdever still can't bring herself to visit his grave--much less refer to it as such. "Don't call it a burial site," Ketsdever said through tears recently, her voice half-pleading, half-scolding. "It's a property site. . . . My son's not gone yet."
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November 2, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI and STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Preaching across rural Alabama, pastor Geronimo Galvan Burgos mixed Bible lessons with tales of his gang member youth in Southern California. He spoke of lessons learned running with Santa Ana's notorious Southside gang, accounts of drinking, drug-taking and violence. The poor Latino immigrants admired their young pastor, who had overcome a troubled past and embraced God and family. They watched his sermons on television. They helped him build a church. They witnessed his daughter's baptism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2001
Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old whose body was dumped in a Los Alamitos business park, police said Friday. Being held at Orange County Jail on suspicion of murder or accessory to murder are Richard Ramirez, 40, and Stanley Dean Cruz, 35, both of Hawaiian Gardens; Javen Anthony Cervantes, 27, of Lakewood; and Edward Wills Ramirez, 27, of Cypress.
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October 5, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No city in Orange County has suffered more at the hands of gangs than Santa Ana, which has recorded more than 200 gang-related killings in the past decade. But until Thursday, no Santa Ana gang member had been sentenced to death for his crimes. It was a solemn milestone marked in the courtroom of Judge John J. Ryan, who handed down the death sentence to a gang member convicted of killing a youth across the street from the Santa Ana Zoo in April 1999.
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April 26, 1992 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here we are in "the Cindy Room," surrounded by remnants of her violent past and, possibly, her deadly future. From this cubbyhole near the Orange County Courthouse, two public defenders are marshaling their arguments to save Cynthia Lynn Coffman, the first woman sentenced to California's gas chamber since the Manson followers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1992 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two young men were shot to death early Sunday in a volley of gunfire from a military-type assault weapon at El Salvador Park--a little more than a mile from police headquarters. Ernesto Sanudo Mendez and Sammy Porras, both 21, were walking in the 1800 block of Civic Center Drive about 1:45 a.m. when they were gunned down by shots fired from a passing car. Police said it was another gang-related shooting. Residents of the Civic Center area said it was another outrage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No city in Orange County has suffered more at the hands of gangs than Santa Ana, which recorded more than 200 gang-related murders in the past decade. But until Thursday, no Santa Ana gang member had been sentenced to death for his crimes. It was a solemn milestone marked in the courtroom of Judge John J. Ryan, who handed down the sentence to a gang member convicted of killing a youth across the street from the Santa Ana Zoo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former Newport Beach corporate lawyer has pleaded innocent to murder charges in the slaying of a client's wife. Hugh "Randy" McDonald, 52, entered the plea Friday. Prosecutors allege that McDonald faked his own suicide after the 1997 killing of Janie Pang and then lived as a fugitive. Investigators, however, have not offered a motive for the crime. Pang was married to Danny Pang, who had hired McDonald's law firm.
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