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August 12, 1993 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ellie Nesler, a 40-year-old single mother who gunned down her son's alleged molester in a Jamestown courtroom in April, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter Wednesday. A Tuolumne County jury in this historic Gold Rush town returned its verdict shortly before 7 p.m. Prosecutors had argued for a first-degree murder conviction although Nesler's defense team had pressed for acquittal.
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April 1, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
Thirty years ago today, Grammy-winning singer Marvin Gaye was fatally shot in a case that shocked the music world. The gunman was his father, Marvin P. Gaye Sr. Gaye was killed April 1, 1984, a day before his 45 th birthday, at the family home in the Crenshaw district after an argument wi th his father. Gaye Sr., a retired minister of the House of God Church, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to five years of probation. Police said the argument between the father and son began when Gaye was unable to find an insurance company letter that had nothing to do with the singer.
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May 19, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
After fatally shooting his unwanted houseguest in the head, Robert Charles Redd stuffed the man's body into a recycling bin and wheeled it into a room of his Pico Rivera home. When the stench of death grew too overpowering a couple of days later, Redd wheeled the bin out into the backyard and tipped Joseph Rubalcaba's corpse into a shallow grave that he topped with plants. Last month, a Norwalk jury convicted Redd, 53, of second-degree murder. But in an unusual move, a judge recently reduced Redd's conviction to voluntary manslaughter, finding that Redd feared for his life when he fired the fatal shot.
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March 21, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
One of four gubernatorial candidates introduced to California Republicans recently is a registered sex offender who spent more than a decade in state prison, convicted of crimes including voluntary manslaughter and assault with intent to commit rape. Glenn Champ, 48, addressed hundreds of GOP delegates and supporters Sunday at the site of the state party's semi-annual convention. Introduced by party chairman Jim Brulte and allotted 10 minutes, Champ spoke in between the main GOP candidates, former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari and state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of San Bernardino County.
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January 13, 2010 | Mcclatchy Newspapers
A district judge refused Tuesday to prevent the man charged with killing abortion provider George Tiller from pursuing a defense of voluntary manslaughter. Prosecutors had asked Judge Warren Wilbert to block Scott Roeder, 51, from building a case that might lead to a lesser charge than first-degree premeditated murder. Roeder has admitted shooting Tiller on May 31, but said he killed him to protect the unborn. Kansas law defines voluntary manslaughter as the "honest but unreasonable belief" that the use of force was necessary in defense of another.
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November 28, 1985 | THOMAS OMESTAD, Times Staff Writer
Christopher D. Comete, the youth accused of murder in the shooting death of 15-year-old Mark Miller outside the Hot Trax disco for teen-agers in Van Nuys, was found guilty Wednesday of voluntary manslaughter. A Sylmar Juvenile Court judge rejected Comete's claim that the shooting was in self-defense. The maximum penalty that Comete, 16, of Canoga Park, could receive is confinement to the California Youth Authority until he is 25.
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June 16, 2010 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
Declaring that the legal system should be allowed to do its job, Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Ron Brown sentenced Aaron Vargas to nine years in prison Tuesday for shooting to death the man who began molesting him when he was 11. Vargas, 32, was originally charged with murder for shooting Darrell McNeill, 63, to death in McNeill's Fort Bragg trailer in front of the man's horrified wife. He faced 50 years to life in prison for the Feb. 8, 2009, crime. Then other victims began to come forward alleging that McNeill had also molested them or tried to, including McNeill's stepson.
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May 2, 1991 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two men pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and robbery Wednesday in the death of a North Hollywood woman whose fiance accidentally shot her while trying to thwart a robbery. Bryant Jerome Clark, 18, of North Hollywood and Leon Raymond Walls, 20, of Canoga Park entered their pleas in San Fernando Municipal Court and will be sentenced to seven years in state prison each for their roles in the death of Hilda Blackburn, 47, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Kent Cahill.
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June 24, 1994 | SHARON MOESER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Lancaster man accused of shooting his half brother to death pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter Wednesday. Eric Lamont Gunn, 23, made the plea in Superior Court as part of an agreement with prosecutors that will result in him getting a nine-year prison sentence. Formal sentencing will take place July 14. Gunn fatally shot Rayshaun Love, 17, at a pay-to-enter party Dec. 19 in Lancaster. Two other men were wounded when the party turned violent.
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April 29, 1994 | THOM MROZEK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With the backing of at least one juror, attorneys for a man who killed his wife with a wrench have asked a judge to place him on probation because she had abused him for 25 years. In documents filed in Van Nuys Superior Court for today's sentencing of Moosa Hanoukai, Encino attorney James E. Blatt argues that his client's action "is partially excusable due to his mental condition caused by Mrs. Hanoukai's psychological abuse."
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March 3, 2014 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
A man was sentenced to 33 years to life in state prison for causing an explosion that started a fire in a Santa Ana motel room, according to authorities. In addition to his prison time, Thanh Van Quang, 39, was ordered to pay more than $177,000 in restitution, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. A jury found him guilty last October of arson of an inhabited property and illegal possession of flammable material, the Huntington Beach Independent reported . On Nov. 30, 2012, Quang was arguing with the manager at the Pueblo Motel in Santa Ana about inviting guests into his room, according to prosecutors.
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February 27, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
A psychology professor accused of setting up the 1995 slaying of a man she said had raped her has been ordered to stand trial in Orange County. Norma Patricia Esparza , who grew up in Santa Ana and went on to become a respected professor in Europe, was arrested in the 19-year-old case in 2012 but had been free on bail and living in Europe where she was teaching in Geneva, when a judge revoked the bail last year. Esparza is accused of helping set up the slaying of a man she said raped her when she was a college sophomore.
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February 20, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A 56-year-old man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter in the death of his brother after the two had a fistfight, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. Michael Young and Robb Young, 51, both from Minnesota, were visiting their father in San Marcos when they began fighting "about Robb waking up early and being noisy," according to Lt. Glenn Giannantonio. The older brother knocked down the younger brother on the lawn outside the home and then went inside, Giannantonio said.
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December 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A jury Friday acquitted a mentally ill transient and petty thief in the 1998 slaying of a 12-year-old girl in her bed in Escondido. In 2004 a jury had convicted Richard Tuite, now 44, of voluntary manslaughter in the case. But an appellate court last year overturned the verdict and ordered a retrial on that charge. Tuite smiled but otherwise showed little emotion when the retrial verdict was announced. The San Diego County Superior Court jury had begun deliberations Wednesday afternoon.
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December 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A jury Friday acquitted a mentally ill transient and petty thief in the 1998 slaying of a 12-year-old girl in her bed in Escondido. In 2004 a jury had convicted Richard Tuite, now 44, of voluntary manslaughter in the case. But an appeals court last year overturned the verdict and ordered a retrial on that charge. Tuite smiled but showed little emotion when the verdict was announced. The San Diego County Superior Court jury had begun deliberations Wednesday afternoon in the retrial.
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November 21, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
A professor of psychology was taken into custody Thursday after her bail was revoked in an 18-year-old case in which she is accused of helping set up the slaying of a man she said raped her when she was a college sophomore. Norma Patricia Esparza, 39, was taken from an Orange County courtroom in handcuffs after being allowed to briefly hug her husband. Prosecutors say Esparza, a Pomona College student at the time, and a group that included her ex-boyfriend went to a Santa Ana bar in April 1995 so she could point out her alleged rapist.
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November 7, 1991 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Glendale man accused of fatally shooting his 4-year-old son while under the influence of the drug PCP should stand trial for voluntary manslaughter, not murder, a judge has ruled. The district attorney's office initially charged Harold Dean Estrada, 32, a newspaper delivery driver, with murder.
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October 12, 1991 | ANDREA FORD and TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a case that underscored long-standing racial and ethnic tensions, a Korean-born grocer was convicted of voluntary manslaughter Friday in the shooting death of a 15-year-old black girl the merchant had accused of stealing a $1.79 bottle of orange juice. Soon Ja Du sat quietly, head bowed, in a packed and tense courtroom as the jury delivered its guilty verdict.
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November 4, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A Tarzana man is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday for the shooting death of his ex-wife. Hrant Meguerian, 60, pleaded guilty last month to voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting his ex-wife, Azniv Meguerian, and wounding her boyfriend, Michael Carver, in December at the Tarzana home they all shared. The shooting took place   about 7:20 p.m. Dec. 15 in the family's home in the 4500 block of Vanalden Avenue . Both victims were alive when police arrived, but Azniv Meguerian later died at a hospital.
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