Pair arrested, arraigned in woman’s death at Deep Creek

After a six-month investigation, sheriff’s detectives have arrested a man and woman from Apple Valley in the shooting death of 19-year-old Raquel Rayas at Deep Creek.

Sheriff’s detectives say the two suspects, Joseph Villa and Angela Lucia Sanchez, knew the victim. But detectives did not release any motive that the pair may have had in Rayas’ death, said Cindy Bachman, a sheriff’s spokeswoman.

Villa, 23, and Sanchez, 38, pleaded not guilty to murder charges at their arraignments Wednesday in Victorville Superior Court, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
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Jury finds man mentally competent in “bunker killings” case

The man charged in the killing of a High Desert couple at an abandoned military bunker in 2008 has been found to be mentally competent to stand trial.

Jurors returned the verdict Wednesday in the trial for Collin Lee McGlaughlin of West Covina after receiving the case for deliberation a day earlier, in Victorville Superior Court, according to court records.

McGlaughlin, 21, returns to court Jan.27. He’s accused of shooting to death Christopher Cody Thompson, 18, and his 16-year-old girlfriend Bodhi Sherzer-Potter, following a party at the bunker near Helendale.
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Two men ordered held on Fontana double homicide

Two men will be formally arraigned Jan. 6 after being ordered held on murder charges in a double homicide outside a crowded Fontana house party in October 2007.

After hearing testimony and reviewing evidence, Judge Ingrid A. Uhler ordered Francisco Javier Rodriguez and Francisco Gonzalez Jr. held to answer on the charges at a Dec. 23 hearing in Fontana Superior Court.

Victims Aaron Angulo, 21, of Rialto, and Anthony Lopez, 21, of West Covina, were found shot in the 16400 block of El Revino Drive in Fontana. Angulo died at a local hospital, and Lopez died as friends drove him there.

Rodriguez, 21, and Gonzalez, 20, each face two counts of murder, according to court records.

Man sentenced to six years in Griffin shooting in San Bernardino

Norris Anthony Crawford was sentenced to six years in state prison for his part in the 2007 deadly shooting of 20-year-old Edward Griffin.

Under the terms of a Nov. 26 plea bargain, Crawford pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter and a special allegation. He was sentenced Dec. 22 in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Crawford received credit for 785 days, equating to more than two years, for time already served in county jail.
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Trial resumes next month in Victorville nightclub death

Prosecutors are expected to resume their case next month against two men in the 2007 deadly shooting of a security guard at a popular Victorville nightclub.

Testimony in the trial concluded Dec. 23 for the holidays and is expected to resume Jan. 5 in Victorville Superior Court, according to court records.

Alex Romero Watson, 28, of Victorville, and Harold Kirkwood Parker, 29, of Apple Valley, face charges in the shooting death of Jacob Eric Jackson inside the Sand Bar nightclub, on Hesperia Road, in Victorville, in March 2007.

After a fight that started on a dance floor, Watson shot Jackson, 24, of Phelan, in the chest, according to authorities. Watson is also charged with shooting a Victorville man in the groin in the parking lot.

Brothers to be sentenced next month in Barstow death

James Ruhollah Harrison and his brother Kwame Alusine Harrison could face up to life in state prison when they are sentenced next month in the 2002 shooting death of a 37-year-old woman.

The defendants are scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 21 in Barstow Superior Court, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

The victim, Mary Ann Jones, was found in her Barstow home with fatal gunshot wounds on Feb. 8, 2002. A jury returned guilty verdicts against pair on Dec. 22, according to court records.

James Harrison, 24, was found guilty of first-degree murder, solicitation of murder and conspiracy, according to court records. Kwame Harrison, 35, was found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy.

Sentencing of Mynisha defendants postponed in Victorville

The sentencing of two defendants found guilty in the gang slaying of 11-year-old Mynisha Crenshaw was postponed today in Victorville.

Michael Barnett Jr. and Sinque Morrison are now set to be sentenced Wednesday in Victorville Superior Court, said Deputy District Attorney Ron Webster. The delay was caused by a county Probation Department pre-sentecing report that was not received by the court at least five days before sentencing, Webster said.

At trial, Barnett was found guilty of second-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, conspiracy, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and related allegations, including a special allegation that the crime was committed to promote a criminal street gang.
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Macon sentenced to prison in deadly San Bernardino shooting

By Mike Cruz on December 4, 2008 5:48 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) |

Patrick Shaun Macon was sentenced to 23 years and four months in state prison Thursday in the shooting death of 20-year-old Edward Griffin in San Bernardino.

Macon, 28, was convicted Sept. 8 of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter in the shooting. He faces about three decades in state prison if he is sentenced at the maximum term, according to prosecutors.

Of three defendants who went to trial in Griffin’s death, Macon was the only one convicted of shooting the victim inside a vehicle at the intersection of Medical Center Drive and Ninth Street on Feb. 9, 2007.
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Pswatai ordered held in rapper’s death after Barstow hearing

By Mike Cruz on December 4, 2008 4:36 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) |

A Riverside man facing charges in the execution-style shooting of an aspiring rapper was ordered held over for trial at a hearing Thursday in Barstow, prosecutors confirmed.

Judge Miriam I. Morton ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold over for trial Dudzai “Prosper” Pswatai in the death of 24-year-old Robert Raymond Mastrangelo, of San Bernardino, during a preliminary hearing in Barstow Superior Court.

The hearing was the second one Pswatai has received in the case. Prosecutors dismissed and then quickly refiled charges against him on Nov. 25, causing the case to start over, because more time was needed for investigation.
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Last defendant sentenced today in killing of Jerry Ramirez

By Mike Cruz on December 4, 2008 12:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) |

A man charged in the shovel beating and deadly shooting of 22-year-old Jerry Ramirez in 2005 was sentenced today as friends and family of the victim, some of whom wore dark-colored memorial t-shirts, looked on.

Judge Brian McCarville sentenced Edward Vincent “Vinny” Hernandez to 50 years to life in state prison during proceedings in San Bernardino Superior Court.

A jury found Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and found true a special allegation for the use of a gun in the death of Ramirez, whose badly beaten body was found dumped in Waterman Canyon with seven close-range gunshot wounds to the head in November 2005.
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