FONTANA — A former high school teacher who pleaded guilty last month in an attack on his estranged wife said today that he wants to withdraw his pleas.
Augustine Anene, 54, was scheduled to be sentenced this morning in Fontana Superior Court, but the hearing was postponed because of his request.
His attorney, Gina Kershaw, said a new lawyer will be appointed to represent Anene in his bid to withdraw his pleas.
Anene, a former computer instructor at Garey High School in Pomona, pleaded guilty Dec. 17 to burglary and spousal abuse as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that carried a four-year prison sentence.
On March 29, Anene allegedly sneaked into his wife’s Fontana home, hid in her bedroom closet, and waited until nightfall before emerging and attacking her in bed.
His alleged attack was stopped by one of the couple’s teenage sons, who heard his mother’s screams and pushed away his father, according to a police report contained in Anene’s court file.
Anene is next due in court Feb. 1 to confirm the appointment of a new attorney, Kershaw said.
He is being held in lieu of $1.2 million bail at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.