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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Arrests Made in Shooting of Young Anaheim Girl

Police arrested two men in connection with the fatal shooting of a nine-year-old Anaheim girl.

The shooting happened at the 2300 block of West Greenacre, near a public park occupied by several other children and pop warner teams. The child, Ximena Meza, was playing outdoors at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday with her sisters in front of her apartment complex when she was shot in the chest. She died about half an hour later at UCI Medical Center in Orange. 

Police determined that two or more people in a white car carried out the shooting. Authorities said one man got out of the car and opened fire with a handgun and that the intended targets were a group of men who were gathered west of where the child was playing. 

The group of men fled, while the white car sped away. Two men were identified by police as documented gang members and arrested in connection with the shooting. The two men, identified as Ricardo Cruz, 19, of Buena Park, and Alfredo Miguel Aquino, 20, of Anaheim, were taken into custody and are being held on $1 million bail.

A criminal conviction is costly. You may serve time in prison, you may have your license revoked, your career and family life will be disrupted, and your record will be stained by such convictions. Our goal at Brower and Associates is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense to those accused of a crime throughout Orange County. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Brower and Associates today. 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Man Charged with Murder in Death of Bicyclist

This post is a follow up to our previous post. Neil Stephany, 23, of Huntington Beach, has been charged with murder stemming from a crash near Crystal Cove State Park where he allegedly hit and killed a bicyclist while driving drunk.

Authorities alleged Stephany was behind the wheel of a white Toyota Tacoma when he hit Shaun Eagleson, 30, of Fountain Valley resident. Eagleson suffered critical injuries and was transported to Mission Hospital, where he later died. Witnesses at the scene reported Stephany hit Eagleson, rode the guardrail, and continued driving.

Stephany’s prior criminal history includes a guilty plea to felony assault, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell. According to court records, Stephany has also previously been accused of domestic violence.

Stephany faces three felony counts. Along with murder, he is being charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury.

Driving under the influence is both a criminal and a civil matter. If you or a loved one is accused of driving under the influence, call Brower & Associates to handle you case. The Law Offices of Brower & Associates applies an aggressive defense of individuals, resulting in a high success rate.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

AWOL Soldier Sentenced to 101-Years

Steven Matthew LeClaire, a 26-year-old U.S. Army deserter, was sentenced to jail Friday for killing 24-year-old Marques Murray, attempting to murder his father, and shooting Raymond Eligan at the Cypress Lodge motel.

LeClaire was convicted on August 1, 2014, of one felony count of second-degree murder and two felony counts of attempted murder for the Feb. 24, 2011 shootings.

In the trial, prosecutors said LeClaire abandoned his Army base, boarded a bus to California, and intended to kill his father for giving alcohol to his 14-year-old sister. LeClaire argued the murder was not premeditated, as evidenced by his actions leading up to the shooting.

Authorities said that LeClaire was inside of his hotel room drinking with his father; Murray; and Eligan. Prosecutors said he pointed a firearm at the men and fired 14 rounds, fatally shooting Murray in the arm and chest. Eligan and LeClaire Sr. survived the attack. According to Cypress police, after the shootings, LeClaire left his hotel room and safely surrendered to an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Steven Matthew LeClaire Jr. was ordered to spend 90 years to life in state prison with a determinate sentence of 11 years and four months in state prison. LeClaire also faced sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death and the personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

OC Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

A Santa Ana Superior Court jury convicted Paul Curry, 57, a former nuclear power plant engineer of first-degree murder in the poisoning death of his wife, Linda Curry in 1994.

Paul had been found guilty of first-degree murder with the special circumstances that he poisoned his wife for financial gain. The jury found that on Jun 9, 1994, Paul murdered his wife of 21-months with a fatal dose of nicotine. The former engineer had injected the nicotine behind her ear in their San Clemente home.

Paul’s conduct after his wife’s death was indications that he was a suspect from the beginning. The day after his wife’s funeral, Paul applied for life insurance payouts and collected approximately half a million dollars in insurance and other benefits. However, prosecutors were unable to file charges until the case was re-opened in 2007. Paul was arrested in 2010 and charged with insurance fraud and murder.

The jury deliberated for about two days. Paul faces a sentence of life without parole.

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