Weekender Updater Returns with Killers, Defendants, Dearly Departed and 2 Local Flicks

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Haven't done this in awhile, and judging by the backlog that was a mistake. Click on through for updates on stories we've been following on Navel Gazing.

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Reda Hassan Safieddine Gets 18 Years to Life in Prison for Murder of Tagging Crew Rival

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Reda Hassan Safieddine's lawyer claimed self defense.
A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 18 years to life in state prison for shooting and murdering a former tagging crew rival in a 7-Eleven parking lot.

The lawyer for Reda Hassan "Big Reda" Safieddine had claimed the then-18-year-old acted in self defense when he fatally shot Valle "Bam Bam" Valeriano, 17, on Aug. 13, 2012, in Fountain Valley.

But a jury on Sept. 18 found Safieddine guilty of one felony count of second degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death and one misdemeanor count of brandishing a firearm.

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Steven Joseph Bruno Guilty of Slaying Father

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Steven Joseph Bruno GUILTY!
UPDATE, OCT. 29, 4:44 P.M.: After six hours of deliberation, a jury just found Steven Joseph Bruno guilty of second-degree murder for fatally shooting his adoptive father in the chest and head in his Irvine condo. The prosecution, which sought first-degree murder, claimed the slaying was premeditated so the 23-year-old could have money and a car to drive to Ohio to finally meet his Internet girlfriend. The defense countered Ernest Bruno was shot and killed about 9 p.m., Aug. 30, 2012, with a .40-caliber semi-automatic Glock handgun because the younger man feared the 60-year-old.

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Reda Hassan Safieddine Guilty of Shotgun Murder of 17-Year-Old Tagging Crew Rival

Courtesy of FVPD
Reda Hassan Safieddine in 2012
A jury today found a 20-year-old Fountain Valley man guilty of murdering an unarmed teen rival from a "tagging crew" with a shotgun blast to the neck in the parking lot of a convenience store.

Jurors in Santa Ana deliberated about four hours before convicting Reda Hassan Safieddine, who as a DJ went by "Big Reda," of second-degree murder and brandishing a firearm and found true a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a gun.

He faces up to 40 years to life in prison at his scheduled sentencing Nov. 7.

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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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Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
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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Heriberto Erick Vergara Calvillo Gets 22 Years for Role in Slaying of Popular IVC Student

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Courtesy of Mikel Anthony Williams family
Mikel Anthony Williams, R.I.P.

A 28-year-old man who'd admitted his involvement in the fatal stabbing of a popular Irvine Valley College student was sentenced today to 22 years in state prison.

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Joseph Robert Suess Gets 51 Years to Life for Stabbing-Murder of Mikel Anthony Williams

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Courtesy of Mikel Anthony Williams family
Mikel Anthony Williams, a popular Irvine Valley College student, was fatally stabbed Aug. 30, 2012, in an Anaheim alley.

One of two men convicted in the killing of a 55-year-old Irvine man--and the only member of the pair found guilty of first-degree murder--was sentenced Thursday to 51 years to life in state prison.

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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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Photos courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
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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Derek Henry Pinski Sent to Mental Hospital for at Least 15 Years for Fatally Stabbing Girlfriend

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Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
Derek Henry Pinski was deemed legally insane when he stabbed his college sweetheart to death.

When family and friends reacted to the slaying of Alexandra "Sandra" Joyce Tang in September 2012, some expressed their wish that her 26-year-old boyfriend and murderer spend the rest of his life locked up. After Derek Henry Pinski of Laguna Hills pleaded guilty this week to fatally stabbing his 24-year-old girlfriend, he received a sentence that could keep him locked up until he dies. Or maybe it won't.

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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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