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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bell Gardens Mayor Fatally Shot by Wife

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo died Tuesday after being shot several times. His wife, Levette, was detained shortly after the shootings. Hours later, authorities released information that Levette Crespo allegedly shot the Bell Gardens Mayor during a domestic dispute.

Mayor Crespo, 45, was shot about 2:30 p.m. at his home on Gage Avenue during an argument with his wife, 43, and his 19-year-old son, Daniel Crespo Jr.
The dispute allegedly began with Mayor Crespo and his wife in the master bedroom, during which his son intervened. While father and son were fighting, Crespo's wife allegedly got a gun and shot Crespo. According to the Bell Gardens website, Mayor Crespo was a teenager when he married his high school sweetheart in 1986.

The Mayor died en route to a hospital, Bell Gardens Fire Department officials confirmed.

Crespo son was taken to a hospital for injuries to his face from the struggle and was then questioned by authorities.

Residents say that Crespo and his family have lived there for years. Crespo was first elected to the City Council in 2001 and worked as a Los Angeles County probation officer for 15 years, a job he continued to hold after becoming mayor last year.


Mayor Crespo’s wife is in custody in the shooting. Brower & Associates will provide updates on this incident as it becomes available.

California Penal Code Section 187 (a) defines murder as "the unlawful killing of a human being or a fetus with malice aforethought." Murder can be in the first degree, in the second degree, voluntary or involuntary. Sentences for murder range from a few years in prison to the death penalty. If you are charged with murder, call an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fake Housekeepers Burglarize OC Homes



Authorities arrest two women in connection with burglaries of upscale Orange County homes. The women allegedly posed as housekeepers to enter the residences.

Authorities determined the women were allowed to enter the homes under the guise that they were a cleaning crew. The women were identified by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as Sandra Elizabeth Rojas, 36, and Marie Alejandra Rojas, 38, both of Riverside. Authorities believe the two women were related by marriage, not blood.

Investigators believe the women chose homes, which already had a maid service, and entered these homes with vacuums or brooms so as not to arouse the neighbor’s suspicions.

The two women have been charged with six counts of first-degree residential burglary and one count of receiving stolen property. They are currently being held without bail.




The Sherrif’s Department plans to publicly display the recovered stolen property so as to return it to owners and identify other victims.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Roommate "KC" Joy Found Guilty in Maribel Ramos Murder

After being charged with murder in May of 2013, Maribel Ramos roommate, Kwang Choi “KC” Joy, was recently found guilty and sentenced.

Joy, 55, was convicted in July on one felony count of second-degree murder 
in the killing of Ramos, 36, a U.S. Army veteran who served two combat tours in Iraq and was student at California State University-Fullerton. Joy murdered Ramos sometime between May 2 and May 3, 2013, and disposed of her body in the canyon, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said.

According to authorities, Joy and Ramos argued on May 2, 2013, about rent. Friends reported her missing the next night when she missed scheduled events.

Authorities put Joy under surveillance after Ramos’s disappearance. Their big break came when Joy’s internet searches at an Orange County Public Library on how long a body took to decompose, and how close a search party was to where he buried Ramos’ body, led police to the area in which Ramos’ body was discovered.

During the search for Ramos, Joy gave several media interviews expressing his concern for Ramos, and claiming he had no idea what happened to her. Ramos's cause of death was never determined due to the state of decomposition of her body. Joy was arrested on May 17.

During the trial, prosecutors alleged that Joy was in love with Ramos, who did not feel the same way about him. Joy insisted upon his innocence throughout the trial.


Joy was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison for the murder of roommate Maribel Ramos.

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