Jorene Ypanto Nicolas Backs Out of Plea Deal in Distracted Driving Manslaughter Case

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Jorene Ypanto Nicolas rolls the dice.
In April 2014, a jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of guilt for Jorene Ypanto Nicolas in the distracted driving manslaughter death of a 23-year-old woman. At her retrial this week, Nicolas was poised to take a court deal that would have given her a year in jail, 500 hours of community service, five years probation and no prison time in exchange for a guilty plea. But instead the San Diego woman told Orange County Superior Court Judge Steven Bromberg on Wednesday that she wants a new lawyer, and the judge continued the retrial to April 24, when Nicholas will face a maximum six year prison sentence if she is convicted.

New lawyer? Sounds like Daniel Kim of the Orange County Public Defender's Office needed a new client.

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Weekender Updater: Murder Conviction in Crash Upheld; Disability Fraud; Real Estate Fraud

This weekend edition of Weekender Updater updates you this weekend on a second-degree murder conviction being upheld in a drug-fueled Laguna Niguel crash that killed a lady out walking a dog, a Santa Ana granite installer copping to continuing to work while collecting state disability checks and the federal court sentence for a Seal Beach fraudster.

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Steven Matthew LeClaire Gets 101 Years for Fatally Shooting Man, Injuring Dad and Another

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Steven Matthew LeClaire
AWOL Army soldier Steven Matthew LeClaire was sentenced this morning to 101 years in state prison for bursting into a Cypress motel room, killing a man and injuring his father and a third man with a hail of bullets.

The 26-year-old was convicted in August of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder for the Feb. 24, 2011, shooting rampage at Cypress Lodge on Lincoln Avenue.

LeClaire's blasts generated so much heat that the motel room's smoke alarm went off.

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Steven Matthew LeClaire Jr. Guilty of Murder, Attempted Murder in Cypress Lodge Shootings

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LeClaire: Guilty!
Steven Matthew LeClaire Jr. was found guilty last week of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder for shooting his father and two friends in a Cypress motel room on Feb. 24, 2011.

The AWOL Army soldier was peeved his father gave booze to his teenage sister and that one of dad's pals hit on the 14-year-old girl. The 26-year-old, who could get 90 years in state prison, also blamed his own alcoholism and problems in the military on his dad, according to prosecutors.

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Steven Matthew LeClaire Jr. Jurors Weigh Murder or Manslaughter for Army Deserter

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Steven M. LeClaire Jr.
Army deserter Steven Matthew LeClaire Jr. was so peeved his father gave booze to his teenage sister and that one of dad's pals hit on the 14-year-old that he shot the senior LeClaire and two others in a Cypress motel room, killing one, a prosecutor told jurors during the opening of Wednesday's murder trial in Santa Ana.

The defense countered that LeClaire was unstable due to years of drug and alcohol abuse and did not mean to killing anyone that fateful night, angling for manslaughter instead of murder and attempted murder counts that could send the 26-year-old to prison for 90 years.

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Eder Giovanni Herrera's Lawyer Says OC Law Enforcement Has Blood of 4 Men Killed by Itzcoatl Ocampo on Its Hands

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Eder Herrera is most peeved his "wrongful imprisonment" made him miss his mother and brother's funerals.

The lawyer for a Yorba Linda man claims Orange County law enforcement has the blood of four homeless men on their hands because they focused on his client as the fatal stabber of his mother and brother when the real killer was his former best friend, confessed serial killer Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo.

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Affliction, City of Seal Beach and Salon Meritage Victim Families Team Up for Memorial Event

Affliction Clothing Co. has been a driving force in memorial fundraising.

Paul Caouette, whose father was the last victim in the worst mass slayings in Orange County history, has involved himself in the campaign to build a memorial to the eight who lost their lives in Seal Beach that fateful October 2011 day. But when it comes to being the driving force behind raising funds for the Salon Meritage monument, Caouette politely points to a local clothing company that's big with bikers, rockers and the mixed martial arts crowd.

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Eder Giovanni Herrera Sues to Clear His Name for Slayings Pinned to Serial Killer Izzy Ocampo

Click here for the update where Eder Herrera's lawyer disputes the claims Orange County law enforcement have made about his client.

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Eder Giovanni Herrera still carries the suspect tag for the slayings of his mother and brother.

A 26-year-old Yorba Linda man who spent three months in jail for the horrific fatal stabbings of his mother and brother--until the slayings were blamed on presumed serial killer Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo--has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Brea Police Department and a separate court action seeking the return of his belongings from Orange County authorities. However, police and prosecutors claim evidence exists that leads them to continue regarding Eder Giovanni Herrera a suspect in the case.

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Kirk Michael Galvin Gets 15 Years to Life in Prison for Murdering Uncle and Burning Body

Douglas Brian Galvin, R.I.P.
The mother of 53 58-year-old Douglas Brian Galvin asked his nephew in court Friday to apologize and explain to his family why he killed his uncle and set the body ablaze.

Kirk Michael Galvin, 25, of La Palma, said nothing at his sentencing hearing.

He'd cut a deal to have a first-degree murder count dropped in exchange for pleading guilty to second-degree murder, which earned him 15 years to life in state prison. One of Doug Galvin's sisters asked in her victim impact statement for a harsher sentence, but Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals said he was barred by law from imposing a stricter punishment.

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Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo Says from the Grave That His Serial Killings of Homeless "Had to be Done:" Video

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Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo calmly explains to Anaheim Police why the serial killings "had to be done."

Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo, the presumed serial killer of a mother, her adult son and four homeless men in North Orange County in late 2011 and early 2012, says on a newly released video taped before he committed suicide in jail that he possessed "the kill gene" and that ridding OC of the "blight" of homelessness "had to be done."

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