CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1991
Dr. Thomas A. Gionis, ex-husband of John Wayne's daughter, pleaded innocent to amended charges at a hearing before his retrial on allegations he hired men to beat her during a bitter child custody battle. A jury deadlocked in the first trial. Gionis, 37, an orthopedic surgeon from Pomona, is accused of ordering an attack on Aissa Wayne and her then-boyfriend, Roger W. Luby, in the garage of Luby's Newport Beach estate on Oct. 3, 1988.
June 16, 1990
Jerrel Lee Hintergardt, who stunned even his own lawyer by admitting his involvement in the 1988 assault on John Wayne's daughter and her then-boyfriend, was sentenced Friday to eight years in state prison, the maximum possible term. Hintergardt's attorney told jurors last month that his client was at a Los Angeles hospital for an adjustment on his artificial foot when Aissa Wayne and financier Roger W. Luby were attacked the morning of Oct. 3, 1988, in the garage of Luby's Newport Beach estate.