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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A former Fullerton pastor was sentenced Thursday to four months in jail, lifetime sex offender registration and three years probation for sexually battering an 18-year-old female church member. A jury earlier found Joseph Angel Olvera, 55, guilty of two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Lifeline Ministries, where Olvera was a pastor, offers services to those in need, including at-risk youth, and Fullerton police have described it as a place where youth can go to turn their lives around.
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OPINION
January 19, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The Texas teenager who played the "affluenza" card to stay out of prison certainly sounds like a spoiled brat. In fact, he wouldn't deny it; that was his argument for a light sentence - that his overprivileged, under-disciplined life had led to a lack of judgment and concern for others, and therefore he shouldn't be punished severely for his crimes. And in the end, although he stole alcohol, drove far above the speed limit while exceedingly drunk, killed four people with his father's pickup and then fled the scene, he was sentenced to probation rather than jail time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A self-proclaimed homeless gang member convicted of murdering two car salesmen and two other men within a seven-month period in East Los Angeles was sentenced to death Friday. A Los Angeles jury convicted Angel Mendoza, 39, in October of four counts of murder, three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and multiple special allegations. The death penalty was recommended by the jury and affirmed by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen. A parole officer who completed the pre-sentencing investigation said Mendoza showed no remorse for the killings and remained troubled by mental illness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Bell's former second-in-command is an unrepentant thief who stole from the working-class citizens in the small Los Angeles County city and then lied on the witness stand in an effort to blame others, Los Angeles prosecutors wrote in a scathing sentencing memo that urges the court to punish her with a 12-year, eight-month prison sentence. If that recommendation is followed when Angela Spaccia is sentenced later this month, she would draw a longer prison term than is expected to be handed to Robert Rizzo, her former boss and the longtime face of the corruption in Bell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell who already has pleaded no contest to 69 corruption felonies, pleaded guilty Monday to federal tax charges in which he claimed more than $770,000 in phony losses, mostly on his horse ranch. Rizzo was dressed in a blue blazer and gray pants, as he has been for nearly all his court appearances. His hair, dyed brown when he was illegally receiving $1.5 million in annual compensation from Bell, is gray. He agreed last month to plead guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit tax fraud and making a false income tax return.
OPINION
January 13, 2014 | By Elizabeth Calvin
"It could have been anyone in this courtroom. Your mother. Your lawyer. It could have been me. " The judge drilled down on the random murder of a woman for her car. Edel Gonzalez, a diminutive 38-year-old man, sat shackled in a prison jumpsuit before the bench and nodded in agreement. "It was brutal," the judge repeated with force. This was not your typical sentencing hearing. It was a historic moment. As the judge talked to the defendant, whispering in the courtroom stopped. The attorneys didn't move, and the guard faded back against the wall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A former Los Angeles International Airport police officer who was convicted of sexually assaulting a female passenger while on duty is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday. On Nov. 18, a jury found Michael Wayne Staunton, 56, guilty of sexual battery by restraint, false imprisonment by fraud and assault by a peace officer, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said the assault occurred at LAX in April 2011 when Staunton was at a podium inside the security screening area for departures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A 25-year-old man convicted of murdering two people in Santa Monica during attempts as a teenager to gun down rival gang members was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jose Contreras Zapien Jr., was also given a prison term of 95 years to life by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli. “His life is characterized by his pride for his gang, but the strongest and most despicable trait he has is irreverence for human life,” said L.A. County Deputy Dist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Kim Christensen and Jessica Garrison
Roy Paul Gressly, who owned and operated at least a half-dozen hazardous waste hauling businesses, eluded regulators' detection for years as he moved from one location to another. Sometimes he left toxic waste behind, court records state, and sometimes he took it with him. If not for a leaking tanker truck, he might still be hoarding an illegal stockpile of hazardous material on an industrial lot in Santa Fe Springs. After a neighboring business owner spotted a stream of black sludge moving toward a storm drain, firefighters traced the flow to Gressly's rented site on Greenstone Avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Nearly eight years after her son was killed in the crossfire of a Santa Monica gang's violence, Armita Lopez found justice Thursday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. But not before her son's killer seized one last opportunity to torment her. "I was waiting for this day because it was not fair that they killed my son," a tearful Lopez said of Jose Contreras Zapien Jr. and his fellow gang members. Zapien mocked her with a dismissive chuckle and smirk. The judge snapped at Zapien, telling him to "stop smiling.
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