Man sentenced for murder of 1-year-old daughter in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A judge sentenced a Lancaster man who drowned his 1-year-old daughter in Pasadena to 25 years to life behind bars on Friday, officials said.
A Pasadena jury convicted Marquise Jackson, 26, last month of first-degree murder, along with child abuse resulting in death for the May 20, 2011, murder of his daughter, Mo’Mayjah Jackson.
He drowned the young girl in the apartment of the girl’s mother in the 100 block of West Del Mar Blvd. in Pasadena while she was away at work, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office spokesman Ricardo Santiago.
Shortly after his arrest, Jackson, who was 21 at the time, told police he killed the girl because he no longer wanted the responsibility of being a father, police said.
But he went on to deny the formal charges, and argued unsuccessfully that he was mentally unfit to stand trial.
The jury deliberated for less than one day before convicting Jackson, officials said.

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Mongols fenced out of Lancaster meeting threaten lawsuit

This comes from the Associated Press: 

LANCASTER – The notorious Mongols biker gang has been fenced out of a Mojave Desert motel where hundreds of motorcyclists were destined for a weekend rendezvous.

City officials shut down the Desert Inn and installed chain-link fencing at the entrances Thursday to block the biker meeting in Lancaster, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles.

The 144-room motel has a $16,000 contract to provide weekend space and rooms for up to 300 Mongols for their annual meeting, but the city used a tax case to shut down the motel. City Manager mark Bozigian said Desert Inn owner Hui Su is past due on $180,000 in motel bed tax payments.

Mayor R. Rex Parris this week said the gang was not welcome in Lancaster because they “are engaged in domestic terrorism … and they kill our children.” He said the motel owners refused to comply when he asked them to renege on the contract.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Axel Anderson said closing the Desert Inn helps ensure public safety, noting that the gang has been implicated in murder and drugs.

Dozens of Mongol members were indicted last year on drug trafficking, murder and other charges, and their former leader, Ruben “Doc” Cavazos, later pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge.

Mongols lawyer Albert Perez Jr. said a lawsuit is planned over the motel contract dispute. He said up to 800 people, including members from 10 states and their families, were expected to attend the event.

“They’re upset because they’re getting a bad rap.”

Unrelated Mongol News from Aging Rebel — has some pretty interesting commentary about the recent arrest of a gang member in connection with the slaying of a Mongol last summer just outside of Pasadena.

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