Pair sentenced in death of Yucaipa group home counselor

Two young men who beat to death a counselor at a Yucaipa group home in 2009 with a closet dowel were sentenced today to state prison.

A jury recently found Carlos Dubose and Davion Whitmore guilty of murder charges in the 2009 death of counselor George Onyango at Aiming High Treatment Center on Fifth Place in Yucaipa. They were charged as adults.

Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court, Judge Duke Rouse sentenced Dubose, who was 17 at the time of the attack, to life in state prison with the possibility of parole plus another life sentence, said Deputy District Attorney Beth Houser.
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Decades-old murder conviction raises bail for Vagos member

SAN BERNARDINO – Prosecutors amended the charges against a local member of the Vagos motorcycle club, who was arrested during a sweep in October, to include a 1980 conviction in Idaho in the strangulation of a 19-year-old woman.

Thomas Henry Gibson of San Bernardino appeared Tuesday before Judge Michael Dest in San Bernardino Superior Court, where prosecutors announced the newly amended charges, according to court records. Gibson pleaded not guilty to the charges.

With the addition of the prior conviction, the 60-year-old Gibson is now being held at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, in lieu of $350,000 bail – an increase of $100,000.

Gibson is one of several San Bernardino County members of the Vagos arrested last month in a sweep conducted by state and local authorities. Drugs, weapons and body armor were seized during the raid, agents from the California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement said.
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Trio face capital charges in RC man’s death

SAN BERNARDINO – Two of the three people accused of killing a mentally challenged Rancho Cucamonga man in July will need new attorneys because they could face the possible death penalty or life in state prison.

The trio – Antonio Marquis Eubanks, his half-brother John Fitzgerald Dozier and Crystal Ann Carmelo, Dozier’s wife – appeared before Judge Kenneth Barr Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court where the new lawyers were discussed.

Prosecutors allege the three defendants killed Matthew Thomas Cook, 29, in July at a San Bernardino apartment building for financial gain. Cook was beaten to death and left in a trash can, say San Bernardino police.
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Update: Narcotics defendant faces prison time for violation

A defendant awaiting sentencing on her arrest during a major San Bernardino narcotics sweep in 2006 may get even more prison time, instead of the probation she expected to receive, for violating a waiver that granted her release from custody pending sentencing.

Janette Amaya, 51, was scheduled to be sentenced today on a plea bargain she made with prosecutors in the narcotics case aimed at the Mexican Mafia prison gang, and she was expected to get only five years of probation.

But on June 12, Amaya was arrested during a traffic stop in San Bernardino where police found drugs and money, and she now faces up to eight years and eight months in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

During an appearance today in San Bernardino Superior Court, Amaya turned down an offer from the court of six years in prison, and a hearing was set for Sept. 18 to discuss the alleged waiver violation, according to Deputy District Attorney Douglas Poston.

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Embezzler from water company begins jail time

A former general manager who embezzled more than $138,000 from a mountain area water company surrendered to Sheriff’s deputies Thursday to serve time in county jail.
Clad in a white shirt, blue pants and tie, 40-year-old Charles Patrick Williams was placed in handcuffs and escorted to an area with other inmates in San Bernardino Superior Court.
Williams is expected to serve 90 days in county jail, as part of a plea bargain he reached with prosecutors in June. He was credited for two days already served.
The defendant pleaded no contest to one count of grand theft and was granted three years probation plus the jail time, under the terms of the agreement, according to court records.
A four-year sentence to state prison was suspended by the court, records indicate.
Williams was arrested Aug. 18, 2007 on suspicion of embezzling the money from Valley of Enchantment Water Co., according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
A three-month investigation revealed that more than $138,000 had been misappropriated from the water company.
Police in Northern California made the arrest because Williams had moved to Janesville.
A formal restitution hearing was scheduled for Oct. 2 in San Bernardino Superior Court.

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