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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Two Teenagers Long Beach Murders

Long Beach Police arrested two teenaged boys in connection with the murder of a man slayed in North Long Beach in May.

According to the Long Beach Police Department, the two boys, Ricardo Gonzalez, 19, of West Covina and Carlos Alexis Escalante, 18, of Long Beach, were arrested in connection with two North Long Beach shootings that happened in May and October.

Authorities stated the boys were responsible for the death of Enrique Lopez, 31, which took place on May 26. Another man was hit in that shooting and was hospitalized. Police said that Lopez and the other man were standing outside of a home when a vehicle approached and passenger fired multiple rounds.

The boys were also tied to a shooting near Artesia Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue on October 23, Long Beach Police said. Both incidents are believed to be gang-related.

Gonzalez and Escalante face charges that include murder, attempted murder, possession of drugs with intent to distribute, weapons violations and sentencing enhancements for gang involvement, according to police. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office filed charges against both men Tuesday. They are currently being held in County Jail.

Charges of criminal conduct should be taken seriously, and traversed with the help of experienced criminal defense attorneys. If you or a loved one has been charged with criminal conduct, contact the experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorneys at Brower & Associates.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

OC Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murder in Death of Bicyclist

A Huntington Beach man accused of killing a bicyclist while Driving Under the Influence in Newport Beach pleaded not guilty to murder today. 

Authorities said Neil Storm Stephany, 23, a self-described drug counselor, kept driving after slamming his truck into Shaun Eagleson, 30 of Fountain Valley, who was riding his bicycle on October 19. Eagleson died at at a nearby hospital that day. 

The prosecution's decision to charge Stephany with murder stemmed from a prior guilty please to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge in 2011. In California, those who repeatedly drive drunk may be charged with murder if they kill someone after their first DUI conviction. Last week, Stephany also pleaded not guilty to felony hit-and-run and felony possession of a controlled substance. 

Stephany previous history of drug offenses include: a 2010 guilty plea to felony possession of heroin with intent to sell; and in 2013 a guilty plea to felony assault and possession of a controlled substance. 

Stephany's bail is set at $1 million.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Orange Resident Charged with Manslaughter in Halloween Hit and Run

A tragic accident on Halloween night left three young girls dead after a hit-and-run.

Tuesday, prosecutors charged Jaquinn Ramone Bell, 31, with felony vehicular manslaughter, hit and run with permanent injury or death and driving on a suspended license. The charges followed the deaths of twins Lexi and Lexandra Perez Huerta and their friend, Andrea Gonzalez.

Bell, an Orange resident, was suspected of running over the three girls on Halloween and leaving them to die in the street had a suspended driver’s license and a warrant for his arrest.

In 2009, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery for punching his wife. He was ordered to serve three years’ probation and enrolled in a treatment program for domestic violence with a drug and alcohol component.

A year later Bell pleaded guilty to violating a protective order to stay away from his estranged wife and was sentenced to three years’ probation, according to court records.

Bell’s license had been revoked Aug. 4, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles, after a previous arrest for misdemeanor hit-and-run with property damage, driving under the influence and child endangerment. As part of the plea agreement, he was placed on probation and also ordered to attend alcohol- and child-abuse treatment programs.
In August, he had at least one bench warrant out for his arrest. Since 2010, authorities have issued arrest warrants for Bell on five occasions for probation violations.

Authorities have not yet indicated that Bell had been driving under the influence in the Halloween hit-and-run. However, investigations are continuing to determine how fast Bell was driving the night in question, and why he fled from police. Bell is being held in Santa Ana Jail on a bond of $530,000, accused of felony hit-and-run causing death.

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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