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September 11, 1997 | Associated Press and Associated Press
Proclaiming himself eager for trial, former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy pleaded not guilty Wednesday to criminal charges of accepting $35,000 in sports tickets, travel and lodging from companies regulated by the Agriculture Department. "Through this trial, the public will now hear my side of the story," Espy told reporters after entering his plea before U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina. "Although some have called it a witch hunt, I have faith.
April 6, 1993
A Villa Park High School custodian pleaded not guilty Monday in Municipal Court here to charges that he molested a 9-year-old girl during a swim meet on campus. Marco Antonio Reyes, 46, who has worked for the Orange Unified School District since 1985, is charged with the March 20 kidnaping, child molestation and forced oral copulation of a Huntington Beach girl. If convicted on all counts, he could face up to 51 years in prison, prosecutors said.
February 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A construction worker has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, admitting he strangled actress and filmmaker Adrienne Shelly while trying to rob her in her New York City apartment. Shelly, who wrote, directed and co-starred in "Waitress," was killed in her Greenwich Village home in November 2006. Her body was then hanged to make the death look like a suicide. Diego Pillco entered his guilty plea Thursday. The illegal immigrant from Ecuador will receive 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on March 6.
March 18, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran
A man linked to nearly 100 cases of indecent exposure around Orange County pleaded not guilty Monday, authorities said. Christopher Holden Fenn, 45, of Mission Viejo, was arrested Feb. 2 on suspicion of standing naked in front of a Tustin woman's apartment. He was arraigned on two felony counts in that case, released on $200,000 bail and ordered to wear a tracking device. Fenn, an insurance underwriter and father of four, has since been accused of exposing himself to nearly 100 women and four minors since July 2005.
July 13, 2002
A Ventura County Superior Court judge is considering whether serial rapist Vincent Sanchez can plead guilty to murder without specifying the degree of the crime. Sanchez, 31, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted rape and attempted kidnapping as well as two special circumstance allegations in connection with the July 2001 slaying of 20-year-old Moorpark College student Megan Barroso. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
October 4, 1990 | Associated Press
A man arrested in the disappearance of two girls abandoned without food or water in the searing Mojave Desert pleaded guilty to child endangerment Wednesday. Alan Erickson, 36, of Pioneertown, entered his plea to two counts of child endangerment before Municipal Judge Bert Swift. Erickson was charged in connection with the disappearance of Silver Putman, 6, and her half-sister Kristina Johnson, 3. Erickson was a family friend.
September 9, 1993
An Oregon man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted and shot a Torrance woman and then killed her husband, who had walked in on the attack. Randy Eugene Garcia, 22, entered his plea Monday during his arraignment before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James A. Bascue. A pretrial hearing before Judge Jacqueline Connor has been scheduled for Oct. 5 to determine if prosecutors have gathered evidence for Garcia to stand trial.
August 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A construction worker accused of killing a gay man over an unwanted sexual advance rejected a plea bargain in a Rockford, Ala., court, refusing to plead guilty in exchange for a guarantee he wouldn't get the death penalty. Charles M. Butler is one of two men charged in the Feb. 19 slaying of Billy Jack Gaither, 39, who was beaten with an ax handle and burned atop a pile of kerosene-soaked tires.
September 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A man pleaded guilty in Phoenix to killing a Japanese tourist whose body was found below a waterfall at an Indian reservation that includes part of the Grand Canyon. Randy Redtail Wescogame, 19, said he encountered the woman while she was hiking alone and offered to guide her to falls in the area.
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