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July 31, 1992 | JAMES QUINN
Attorneys for two former Los Angeles police officers convicted of the contract slaying of a Northridge businessman argued to an appeal court Thursday that the pair should get a new trial because jurors deliberated outside court. The attorneys for Robert A. Von Villas, 48, of Simi Valley, and Richard H.
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July 31, 1992 | JAMES QUINN
Attorneys for two former Los Angeles police officers convicted of the contract slaying of a Northridge businessman argued to an appeal court Thursday that the pair should get a new trial because jurors deliberated outside court. The attorneys for Robert A. Von Villas, 48, of Simi Valley, and Richard H.
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June 9, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
Two former Los Angeles police officers accused of attempting to murder an exotic dancer were instead the unwitting victims of a set-up arranged by a disgruntled business partner, a defense attorney told a jury Monday. In opening statements in the much-delayed Los Angeles Superior Court trial of Richard H. Ford and Robert A. Von Villas, defense attorneys proclaimed their clients' innocence, saying they never intended to kill Joan Loguercio, as the prosecution alleges.
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March 9, 1989
Former Los Angeles Police Officer Robert Von Villas was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 1983 contract slaying of a Northridge businessman. A Superior Court judge sentenced Von Villas, 44, of Simi Valley, despite claims by Villas and his attorneys that at least four of the jurors who convicted him of murder in November were influenced by discussions outside the jury room.
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October 12, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
A former Los Angeles police detective was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday for the contract killing of a Northridge businessman whose body has never been found. Richard Herman Ford, 48, of Northridge was convicted by a Van Nuys Superior Court jury of killing businessman Thomas Weed five years ago.
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March 12, 1988 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
Unswayed by tearful, anguished pleas for mercy from two former Los Angeles police officers, a judge sentenced both to maximum terms Friday for attempting to murder an exotic dancer and robbing a Northridge jewelry store. Detective Richard Herman Ford, 47, and Officer Robert Anthony Von Villas, 43, were sentenced to 11 years and 10 years, respectively, plus 25 years to life, for the 1982 robbery and the 1983 murder plot. The sentences will be served consecutively.
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February 24, 1989
Despite an impassioned plea in which he steadfastly proclaimed his innocence, former Los Angeles Police Detective Richard Herman Ford was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the contract killing of a Northridge businessman. Ford, who did not testify during the nine-month trial, made a half-hour speech attempting to invalidate several pieces of evidence that led to his October conviction for the 1983 murder of Thomas Weed, 52.
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November 30, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
The jury that convicted a former Los Angeles police officer of the murder of a Northridge businessman deadlocked Tuesday over a possible death sentence, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial in the penalty phase of the trial.
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December 24, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
Former Los Angeles police detective Richard Herman Ford no longer faces possible execution for the 1983 contract murder of a Northridge businessman. County prosecutors ruled out the death penalty Friday by announcing they will not seek to retry the penalty phase of Ford's trial, which ended with jurors unable to agree on a verdict. A judge cannot impose a death sentence unless unanimously recommended by a jury.
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November 4, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
Robert Anthony Von Villas on Thursday became the second of two former Los Angeles police detectives to be convicted of first-degree murder for killing a Northridge businessman in exchange for $20,000 from the victim's ex-wife. Von Villas, 44, of Simi Valley, was convicted by a Van Nuys Superior Court jury in the 1983 contract killing of former debt collector Thomas Weed, 52.
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December 24, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
Former Los Angeles police detective Richard Herman Ford no longer faces possible execution for the 1983 contract murder of a Northridge businessman. County prosecutors ruled out the death penalty Friday by announcing they will not seek to retry the penalty phase of Ford's trial, which ended with jurors unable to agree on a verdict. A judge cannot impose a death sentence unless unanimously recommended by a jury.
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November 30, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
The jury that convicted a former Los Angeles police officer of the murder of a Northridge businessman deadlocked Tuesday over a possible death sentence, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial in the penalty phase of the trial.
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November 4, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
Robert Anthony Von Villas on Thursday became the second of two former Los Angeles police detectives to be convicted of first-degree murder for killing a Northridge businessman in exchange for $20,000 from the victim's ex-wife. Von Villas, 44, of Simi Valley, was convicted by a Van Nuys Superior Court jury in the 1983 contract killing of former debt collector Thomas Weed, 52.
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October 12, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
A former Los Angeles police detective was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday for the contract killing of a Northridge businessman whose body has never been found. Richard Herman Ford, 48, of Northridge was convicted by a Van Nuys Superior Court jury of killing businessman Thomas Weed five years ago.
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March 12, 1988 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
Unswayed by tearful, anguished pleas for mercy from two former Los Angeles police officers, a judge sentenced both to maximum terms Friday for attempting to murder an exotic dancer and robbing a Northridge jewelry store. Detective Richard Herman Ford, 47, and Officer Robert Anthony Von Villas, 43, were sentenced to 11 years and 10 years, respectively, plus 25 years to life, for the 1982 robbery and the 1983 murder plot. The sentences will be served consecutively.
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June 9, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
Two former Los Angeles police officers accused of attempting to murder an exotic dancer were instead the unwitting victims of a set-up arranged by a disgruntled business partner, a defense attorney told a jury Monday. In opening statements in the much-delayed Los Angeles Superior Court trial of Richard H. Ford and Robert A. Von Villas, defense attorneys proclaimed their clients' innocence, saying they never intended to kill Joan Loguercio, as the prosecution alleges.
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August 2, 1985
Under terms of a plea bargain agreed to in January, a Northridge woman who admitted that she helped arrange the contract murder of a friend's husband was placed on probation for five years. Joyce A. Reynolds, 47, who appeared before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert R. Devich, has already served more than a year in Los Angeles County Jail. Reynolds has agreed to testify against two former Los Angeles police officers, Richard H. Ford and Robert A.
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