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Teen Sentenced in Murder of Jeff Hall

Earlier this year, Don Ho Law posted an article concerning regarding charges filed against a 12-year-old Riverside boy who allegedly murdered his neo-Nazi father. 

Most recently, the now 13-year-old Riverside boy who fatally shot his neo-Nazi father as he slept in 2010 was sentenced to 40 years to life. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jean Leonard ordered the teenage boy to be placed with the Division of Juvenile Justice. 
In January the court found the teen intentionally murdered his father, Jeff Hall. The boy allegedly put a gun to his father’s head as he slept and pulled the trigger. The teen’s attorney argued he belonged in an alternative treatment center to deal with his learning disabilities and other special needs. 
The Riverside District Attorney’s Office has stated that, with good behavior, the teen could be eligible for parole in about seven years. The maximum time he would spend at the juvenile detention center would be 10 years. 
The teen’s attorney has filed an appeal in the hopes of overturning both the boy’s conviction for second-degree murder and his placement in a juvenile facility, accusing everyone from the D.A.’s office to the judge of neglecting key evidence in the case such as abuse from the boy’s father and mishandling of the child’s case by Child Protective Services. The teen’s attorney has called on Gov. Jerry Brown to pardon her client, and his attorney has also called on the attorney general to investigate alleged corruption in the D.A.’s office, the sentencing judge and Child Protective Services.
Don Ho Law will continue to update it’s readers on this story from Riverside, California
A criminal conviction is costly. It is possible that you may serve time in prison, disrupting your career and family life. Also, its possible that you will have to pay heavy restitution fines, resulting in financial woes. Your record may be stained by such convictions, and your reputation may suffer. Our goal at Don Ho Law is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense for those accused of a crime throughout Southern California. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Don Ho Law today.

Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties.
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UC Riverside Student Arrested for Solicitation of Murder

Often times relationships come with several ups and down, verbal arguments, and heated break ups. A University of California, Riverside student has been recently charged with taking a break up one step further by soliciting a boyfriend to kill her ex.

Barbara Wu, 21, has recently been charged with soliciting murder, making terrorist threats, vandalism and stalking, among other crimes. Dennis Lin, who dated Wu, sought a restraining order against Wu on May 24, two days after she allegedly asked him to kill an ex-boyfirend. In his request for a restraining order, Lin wrote that Wu made him promise on May 22 that he would break the man’s legs with a baseball bat, kill him, and discard the body. At the request of police, Lin recorded Wu discussing the alleged murder plot, leading to the arrest of the 21-year-old student. 
Four months before her arrest, Wu sought a restraining order against a former boyfriend. She contended she suffered physical and emotional trauma. The temporary restraining order was granted for two months, but a no permanent restraining order was issued as Wu withdrew her request for a permanent order. 
“Passions and emotions are a scary thing,” Wu tweeted before her arrest.
Wu is being held on $500,000 bail. She is order to appear in court on July 9 for felony sentencing conference. 
A criminal conviction is costly. You may serve time in prison, you may have your license revoked, your career and family will be disrupted, and your record will be stained by such convictions. Our goal at Don How Law is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense to those accused of a crime throughout the State of California. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Don Ho Law today.
Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. 
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Man Arrested for Murder in Pitbull Attack

Los Angeles County authorities announced the arrest of Alex Jackson, 28, at his Littlerock home on suspicion of murder in connection with a deadly pit bull attack in Littlerock. The pit bull attack killed an Antelope Valley jogger Pamela Devitt, 63, who was walking on May 9 when she was attacked by a pack of four pit bulls.
Authorities believe there was evidence that he was aware the dogs were vicious and they have attacked before and he knew of the danger they posed.
A deputy found one of the dogs still attacking the victim when he arrived on scene. The deputy was able to chase the dog away and called paramedics. Devitt died en route to the hospital as a result of blood loss. Coroner’s officials said they found 150 to 200 puncture wounds and sharp force trauma across her body.
Later that same day, homicide investigators seized eight dogs, six pit bulls and two mixed breeds, from Jackson’s home. Four of the dogs were believed to be involved in the attack. What appeared to be blood was found on their coats and muzzles./While investigating the pit bulls at the house, deputies also found a marijuana growing operation.
Jackson faces up to life in prison if convicted, a Los Angeles County district attorney’s spokesman said. Jackson had been booked for murder at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, and his bail was set at $1,050,000, according to the release.
If you or a loved one had been accused of a crime, it is important that you contact an attorney who will fight zealously for your rights and try to reduce your fines. Don Ho is an experienced and aggressivecriminal defense attorney in Orange County who can represent you during this difficult time.
Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside and Orange County. 

Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty of 1st Degree Murder

ORLANDO, FL - JULY 5:  Casey Anthony reacts to...
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Casey Anthony of Florida was acquitted of first-degree murder charges early last week. 
Anthony was being tried for the murder of her daughter, Caylee Anthony, who was found in the woods six months after she was first reported missing. 

Anthony’s attorneys maintained from the beginning of the trial that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool.  Prosecutors alleged that the toddler was suffocated with duct tape by Casey Anthony.  Jose Baez, Anthony’s attorney, maintained that Casey panicked when she was interrogated by police, but that act did not make her a murderer.

Jurors deliberated for less than eleven hours over two days before issuing the acquittal on the murder charges. Anthony was found guilty of four counts of lying to police officers investigating the case. She was sentenced to a year in jail for each of those charges and after time served during this trial, she will be released on July 17, 2011.

This case has polarized the nation, with a majority of people believing that Anthony was wrongly acquitted, similarly to O.J. Simpson almost two decades ago.  The minority believes that justice was served in this matter because it proved the American Justice system worked: the prosecution “bit off  more than they could chew” – attempting to procure a first-degree murder charge with the possibility of capital punishment. 

Why did this case attract so much media attention?  Were the facts so disturbing that it warranted media coverage not seen since the Simpson trial?  It is interesting to see how much fervor was created over this case.  Two of the jurors admitted to feeling sick about acquitting Anthony, but admitted that the prosecution did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.  Do you think the jury came to the right result with this case?  Was justice served or did a murderer go free?

All information taken from The Associated Press

LCH Law       Criminal defense attorneys serving Orange and Riverside Counties  

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Is it murder if you don't remember?

David Del Toro of Eagle Rock, California, was found guilty of killing a woman in his house and convicted to a charge of second-degree murder. Del Toro, 54, was a former Los Angeles fire captain. The victim, Jennifer Flores, was an acquaintance of Del Toro’s ex-roommate. Del Toro testified that when he found out Flores was homeless, he offered to let her stay in his home overnight.

He claims he drank heavily that night and does not remember large portions of the night, but admitted to grabbing her after getting into a shouting match, but he testified that he did not injure her. The Deputy District Attorney questioned his testimony, arguing that if Del Toro did not remember large portions of the night, how he knew for certain that he did not harm Flores.

So how could the prosecution be successful in procuring a guilty verdict when one of the elements of the crime of second-degree murder is intent to kill? If Del Toro claims that he never showed any intent because he does not remember most of the night, is that valid proof that he never had the intent to kill Flores? In most instances, it is not. Just because a person cannot remember an event does not preclude the possibility that the event did not happen. If someone gets drunk and attempts to drive and causes an accident, they are found to be liable for their actions, regardless if they remember or not. A similar principle applies here – Del Toro does not make the argument that someone else committed the crime, only that he does not remember committing it himself. That should not preclude him from being found guilty.

The Orange County law firm of Do Ho, LLP can assist you with murder or any other criminal charge.
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Drunk Driver in Angels Player Death Sentenced

In one of the more high-profile cases in Orange County in recent years, Andrew Thomas Gallo of Riverside was convicted of killing Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends and seriously injuring a fourth person. Adenhart had just made his fourth major league start, pitching six scoreless innings against the Oakland Athletics. The friends were on their way to a bar in Downtown Fullerton when their silver Mitsubishi Eclipse was broadsided by the minivan driven by Gallo.
It was determined after the crash that the driver of the Eclipse, Courtney Stewart, was also intoxicated. An autopsy revealed her blood alcohol level to be 0.16 percent, or twice the legal limit. Gallo’s defense attorney attempted to make the argument that these facts should have been a contributing factor in the accident. Should the fact that Courtney Stewart was also legally drunk be a contributing factor? Does it change your opinion to know that she was only 20 at the time of the accident? Due to her age, Stewart is technically committing a crime by driving with a blood alcohol level over 0.01 percent.
In the end, the jury found Gallo guilty on 6 of the 7 charges brought against him. Gallo was convicted on three counts of second-degree murder and other felonies, including hit-and-run and DUI charges. He was sentenced to 51 years to life in prison, with the possibility of parole in 49 years. At the sentencing hearing, the families of the four victims spoke in open court about their respective losses. Gallo sat emotionless as the families spoke to the judge, only breaking down after his father spoke, asking the court for leniency.

The Orange County law firm of Don Ho, LLP can assist you with DUI or any other criminal matter.
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