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July 16, 2018

Firefighter Charged with Downloading Child Porn at Work

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:14 am

A Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighter was charged today with downloading child pornography while at work, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Matthew David Winters (dob 6/7/67) faces one felony count of possession of child pornography and one misdemeanor count of destroying or concealing evidence in case BA469548.

Winters is accused of downloading the pornography to a computer at a fire station in El Monte from December 2017 to May 2018. He also allegedly destroyed a computer hard drive in order to conceal evidence, according to Deputy District Attorney Teresa de Castro of the Cyber Crime Division, who is prosecuting the case.

He faces a possible maximum sentence of five years and six months in state prison if convicted as charged. The prosecutor is recommending bail be set at $20,500.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Human Trafficking Bureau

Los Angeles District Attorney /  case BA469548 / July 13, 2018

Man Sentenced for Raping Four Women, Killing One in Gardena

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:11 am

A Gardena man was sentenced today to 286 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting and suffocating a woman and raping three others, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On May 30, a jury found Kevon Takashi Ross, 33, guilty of 25 felony counts in case YA093449: one count each of first-degree murder and sodomy of an unconscious victim, eight counts of rape of an unconscious person, seven counts of forcible rape, six counts of sexual penetration by foreign object and two counts of injuring a girlfriend.

Deputy District Attorney Frank Dunnick said the jury also found true the allegation that the defendant caused great bodily injury.

On Dec. 12, 2015, Ross sexually assaulted and asphyxiated a woman at a Gardena hotel, according to court testimony. Additionally, the defendant sexually assaulted a girlfriend in October 2007, the prosecutor said.

Two other women, who dated Ross, also were raped between June and November 2015, one of them in Riverside County, according to trial testimony.

The case was investigated by the Gardena Police Department.

Los Angeles District Attorney /  case YA093449 / July 13, 2018

Pair Sentenced for Murdering USC Grad Student

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:08 am

A man and a woman were sentenced today for their roles in the 2014 murder of a University of Southern California graduate student, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Jonathan Del Carmen (dob 6/2/95) was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison, while Alejandra Guerrero (dob 6/2/98) was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Deputy District Attorney John McKinney of the Major Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

Del Carmen, Guerrero and two others confronted 24-year-old Xinran Ji, who was walking home from a study group near the USC campus shortly before 1 a.m. on July 24, 2014. The victim was struck several times with a bat and a wrench before he ran away.

Co-defendant Andrew Garcia eventually caught up to Ji and hit him repeatedly with the bat. Ji made his way back to his apartment where he died. He was found hours later by a roommate. (more…)

July 13, 2018

Ethiopian Diplomat Arrested on Visa Fraud Charges

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:55 am

LOS ANGELES – An Ethiopian diplomat was arrested today by federal agents for visa fraud violations arising out of the use of non-immigrant diplomatic visas for family members who did not qualify under federal regulations.

Desta Woldeyohannes Delkasso, 54, an Ethiopian national assigned to the Ethiopian government’s Consulate General as the Deputy Consul General in Los Angeles, was charged in a three-count indictment unsealed this morning. She is charged with three counts of visa fraud, including falsely stating that her brother and his wife were “single” and “fully supported by her” and that their minor child was her “son.”

According to the allegations in the indictment, Delkasso caused the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to send letters required for the visas to the Embassy of the United States in July and August 2016, stating that Delkasso would be accompanied by family members who would stay in Los Angeles until the end of the diplomatic term. The letters stated that her nephew was her “son” and that her brother and sister-in-law were “dependents” and “fully supported by her.”

Based on this information, her family members were then issued A-1 diplomatic visas to enter the United States.

Delkasso’s brother and his son have lived in Washington, D.C. since their arrival in the United States, and as alleged in the indictment, never resided in Los Angeles.  (more…)

Woman Charged with Attempted Murder for Beating Elderly Man

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:50 am

A 30-year-old woman was charged today with severely beating an elderly man with a brick in Willowbrook last week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Laquisha Jones (dob 3/10/88) of Los Angeles has been charged with two counts in case TA146529: attempted murder and elder abuse, infliction of injury.

The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 12 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Compton Branch. Prosecutors are asking that bail be set at $1.125 million.

The felony complaint includes special allegations that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a brick, during the commission of the crime and that she committed great bodily injury upon the victim.

Additionally, the charging document alleges that Jones was previously convicted of making criminal threats in 2017 in case TA142570. (more…)

Pair Sentenced For Slayings in Prostitution Ring Murder-Robbery Spree

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:43 am

Two women were each sentenced today to more than 10 years in state prison for their roles in a 2014 crime spree that included the murder of two men, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Tenise Dominique Taylor (dob 11/11/92) was sentenced to 13 years in state prison, while Marina Judkins (dob 10/27/97) received an 11-year term.

In January 2017, Taylor pleaded guilty to one count each of voluntary manslaughter and second-degree robbery. In September 2016, Judkins, who was 16 years old when the crimes occurred, pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter and two counts of second-degree robbery.

Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila of the Major Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

The pair, along with co-defendant Mariah Jiles (dob 12/11/91), were recruited as prostitutes by pimp Michael Mosby (dob 3/23/91).

On April 1, 2014, Mosby and Jiles lured a man and shot him while Jiles’ 2-year-old daughter was inside her vehicle. (more…)

July 12, 2018

Former Prisoner Transport Officer Indicted for Sexual Assault and Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of His Sexual Assault

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:09 am

A federal grand jury in Riverside, California, returned a five-count indictment against Eric Scott Kindley, 50, a private prisoner transport officer, for crimes related to his sexual assaults of two different females in his custody during two different transports, and for brandishing his firearm during one of the sexual assaults.

Count One of the indictment charges Kindley with committing a civil rights offense on July 26, 2012, that included aggravated sexual abuse and kidnapping. Counts Two, Three, and Four charge Kindley with committing civil rights offenses on Jan. 26, 2017, against a second female that included aggravated sexual abuse. Count Two also alleges that Kindley’s crime resulted in bodily injury and included kidnapping and the use of a dangerous weapon. Count Five charges Kindley with knowingly brandishing and using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Kindley was previously indicted on Sept. 12, 2017, in Little Rock, Arkansas, for committing similar offenses related to his sexual assault of a third female in his custody. That indictment also charges Kindley with possessing his firearm in furtherance of that sexual assault.

If convicted of the charges in the most recent indictment, Kindley faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison for brandishing his firearm, and a maximum sentence of life in prison. If convicted of the charges pending in Arkansas, Kindley faces a mandatory minimum of sentence of five years in prison for possession of the firearm, and a maximum sentence of life in prison. If Kindley is convicted of the firearms offenses in both indictments, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence he receives. (more…)

MAN CONVICTED AND SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING CHILDREN UNDER 14

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:06 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in state prison yesterday for sexually assaulting two victims under the age of 14.

Defendant Charges Sentence
Victor Norman Ealey, 57, Garden Grove

 

Pleaded guilty yesterday to the following felony counts:

  • (2) Lewd acts on a child under 14

 

Sentencing Enhancement:

  • Multiple victims
10 years in state prison

 

 

Mandatory sex offender registration pursuant to PC 290

Circumstances of the Case (more…)

Man Charged with Killing, Wounding Family Members

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:03 am

A West Hollywood man has been charged with attacking two family members with a knife, killing one and injuring the other, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Jose Emanuel Raselbach (dob 8/31/83) was charged yesterday afternoon with one count each of murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in case SA098397. The charges include allegations of a prior conviction, causing great bodily injury and using a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife.

His arraignment was postponed until July 24 in Department 30 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch. Bail was set at $3 million.

The alleged attack occurred on July 8 in a West Hollywood apartment where the man lived with the victims, according to Deputy District Attorney Karen Montoya, who is prosecuting the case. One victim, identified in the criminal complaint as Abraham R., died, while the other was taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to the scene and arrested Raselbach at the home. (more…)

July 11, 2018

Man Charged with Distributing Child Pornography

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 9:27 am

A 54-year-old man has been charged with possessing and distributing child pornography online, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Carlos Enrique Castillo (dob 8/10/63) of Los Angeles faces five felony counts of send/receive obscene matter into state for sale/etc. and one felony count of possession of over 600 images of child or youth pornography, according to the criminal complaint.

Castillo is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Case BA469163 was filed June 28.

The defendant, who is an employee of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, is accused of sending files containing child pornography via the internet with his personal computer during a six-month period from October 2017 through March 2018. Videos and images of child pornography allegedly were also discovered in June on Castillo’s computer, according to Deputy District Attorney Angela Brunson of the Cyber Crime Division, who is prosecuting the case. r

He faces a maximum possible sentence of eight years and four months in state prison if convicted as charged. The prosecutor is recommending that bail be set at $120,000.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, Juvenile Division’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

Los Angeles District Attorney / Case BA469163 / July 10, 2018

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