Kent Wycliffe Easter, Irvine's Father From Hell, Has 2 Counts Dropped in Drug-Planting Case

See the update at the end of this post on two counts being dropped against Kent Wycliffe Easter to keep his drug-planting case "simple."

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ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 4, 6 A.M.: Orange County's long nightmare is over: A mom/author/inactive attorney pleaded guilty in the case that had her and her yet-to-be-prosecuted lawyer husband planting drugs in the car of a rival mom at their son's Irvine elementary school.

For her plea to false imprisonment, 40-year-old Jill Bjorkholm Easter was formally sentenced to a year in jail, but if she completes 120 days behind bars and 100 hours of community service, that will suffice Orange County Superior Court Judge David Hoffer's conditions.

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For reasons I can't quite comprehend, OC Weekly reader interest has been so keen in the case against Jill and Kent Wycliffe Easter that I'd rate them up there with Mike Carona and Greg Haidl. (Sorry, Mox.)

Perhaps it's what the case says about Orange County and the small world of parents of little perceived geniuses taking every move against the Golden Child's eventual Harvard education and successful career as a bond trader, moving income offshore so it does not wind up in the mouths of welfare queens.

Honest to Betsy, I actually felt sorry for District Attorney Tony Rackauckas on this one. When the charges were refiled, causing the original case number to disappear, I received a bunch of emails from folks convinced T-Rack had pulled a fast one to let these avowed Christian Republicans skate without a public hearing. The fearmongers were wrong, of course.

Of course, the bizarre nature of the case was enough to create huge interest. The Irvine Police Department received a phone call around 1:15 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2011, from an anonymous concerned citizen who had just witnessed a woman driving erratically before pulling into an Irvine elementary-school parking lot. It was as if the lady, who walked into the school, was on something, reported the caller.

An Irvine officer arrived at the school, found the woman and got her consent to search her car, which was behind the driver's seat and in plain view displayed a bag with Vicodin, Percocet, marijuana and a recently used pot pipe.

Rather than arresting her, police obtained her consent to search her home, and after some time, it became apparent the mom had been set up. Asked who would ever do such a thing, she thought of the Easters, who had unsuccessfully sued her in Orange County civil court over punishment she had given their son while serving as a schoolyard monitor.

Further investigation revealed the call to police was made from a hotel next to Kent Easter's law office, according to authorities. He's scheduled to be tried next month.

As part of Jill Easter's plea deal, charges of conspiracy to procure the false arrest and charging of the volunteer and conspiracy to false report a crime were dismissed. She is now scheduled to finish her community service with a nonprofit that aids the disabled, but if she fails, she could have to finish her complete one-year jail stretch when she reports Dec. 27, the judge told her last week.

"It's my hope Ms. Easter turns things around," said Hoffer, according to City News Service's Paul Anderson, who also quotes her attorney, Paul Meyer, saying the plea bargain was a "very fair resolution.''

No one seemed more pleased than the woman Jill Easter hassled and the victim's attorney, Rob Marcereau.

"We're pleased Jill Easter has been found guilty of the most serious felony count she was charged with," Marcereau said. "Up until now, she has claimed innocence.''

His client and her family, who are suing the Easters in civil court, were also pleased that Jill Easter will do time behind bars "as opposed to home confinement or ankle monitoring," according to Marcereau, who added they are also pleased as punch Hoffer imposed a restraining order, preventing Irvine's mother from hell from getting near them.

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UPDATE, NOV. 5, 9:19 A.M.: Prosecutors on Monday dropped felony charges against Kent Wycliffe Easter of conspiracy and false imprisonment as a matter of legal housekeeping to keep the drug-planting case against him "simple," according to the prosecutor.

That leaves a second count of false imprisonment against Easter, who still faces up to three years in prison with a conviction, Deputy District Attorney Chris Duff told City News Service.

Jury selection begins today.

Meanwhile, the attorney for the school volunteer who was a victim in the case against the 40-year-old Irvine man and his now-convicted wife disclosed the civil lawsuit against the Easters is on hold until the criminal complaints are resolved. That suit alleges false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!



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terry290
terry290

I feel Jill Easter got off easy. the fact that she is an attorney makes the crime she committed and the damage/harm she could have caused an innocent person very dangerous. I don't understand why her sentence was reduced and jail time so little. Both need to be disbarred. never to practice law anywhere in the USA.


949girl
949girl topcommenter

@MatthewTCokerI just read in today's online Daily Pilot "

But Kent Easter had no idea his wife, who was having an affair at the time of the incident, had planted the drugs, said his attorney, Tom Bienert.

Kent Easter was coerced by his wife to report the drugs she had claimed to have seen in the back of Peters’ car, Bienert said in a Santa Ana courtroom.

“Kent Easter was a trusting husband, what he wasn’t was a standup to his wife,” Bienert said. “By the end of the trial, you will see that Kent was a good human being who didn’t have a backbone against his wife, she wore the pants in the family.”

In fact, Kent Easter was in bed and taking medication the night of Feb. 16, 2011, when his wife planted bags with marijuana, a used marijuana pipe, Vicodin and Percocet in the car, Bienert said."

I can't afford the OC Register lol!

CaBeachNative
CaBeachNative

Reminds me of the movie "mean girls" except this crazy bitch is 40. Obviously money doesn't buy class or morals. She must have gone to the Tanya Harding School of Charm. Look at his mug shot, it says "there goes the good life!", hers says "I wonder if he caught my good-side". Hope they permanently dis-bar them both and Ms Peters takes everything. She deserves it.

bphood
bphood

well at least this couple can now enroll their child in the "future sociopaths of america" club.

lazysockmonkey8
lazysockmonkey8

Have the Easters ever said they were sorry?  It seems they are too busy suing people to me.  I do not see any humility.  My opinion

McShyster
McShyster

The PERMANENT FELONY record will destroy any future as a productive wage earner or licensed professional ... and bar them for life from possessing firearms.


18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

With her AP credit she can sprint to the head of the Orange County police academy graduate line.

Jeannette Verga
Jeannette Verga

i remember when this happened and thinking that the old saying how the truth is stranger than fiction was right on

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

I hope to heaven they are sued into the poor house.  Suing a school yard monitor for the punishing of their little prodigy is absurd and planting drugs in her car is beyond words.  I hope they divorce and it's ugly.  How rotten can people be?  Please tell me their child is in the hands of CPS.


Suzanne Smith
Suzanne Smith

Welcome to the OC!! More of this type in those zipcodes than just her!

Ro Hart
Ro Hart

man, the whole thing sounds like a script page out of one of those so-called "reality" TV shows

melindam
melindam

Mr. Easter is up against worse charges bcse he did most of the dirty work. Lets just call this what it is... an attorney-turned-homemaker tht was miserable at home and needed a bit of drama to feed her psycho psyce. She picked the wrong school volunteer as prey and now they will have to PAY UP, in both time and Im sure Mrs. Peters will be awarded some civil compensation. Mrs. Easter should have sought out professional mental help, then again, most ppl that are insane are completely unaware until they are thrown in jail and their sickness has cost them so much

Michael Mastagni
Michael Mastagni

What a numb nuts! She is disturbed and gives lawyers yet another black eye.

Ten Yrigoyen
Ten Yrigoyen

btw i would greatly appreciate if someone would plant some ganj in my vehicle. thank you in advance

Ricardo De La O
Ricardo De La O

Irvine folk are assholes until they get caught red handed found something stupid.

Mik Munki
Mik Munki

Pleaded? From a media outlet. Nice.

Rebecca Rose
Rebecca Rose

just wow... the whole thing started because someone disciplined their kid on the playground. WTF?!

Gerardo Robles
Gerardo Robles

Bahahahahahahaha this is too funny. White people always come up with the smartest ways to fuck someone over but it always backfires on them.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

I think the readers interest in this case is because it's not your typical crime.  It's one thing if you have a crazy wife or husband who hatches some far-fetched plan of revenge based off of emotion at the time but that's when the rational spouse should talk their irrational emotional spouse out of doing something like this BUT no...that's when it gets weird, the other not only thinks it's ok but they carry it out.  Crazy case indeed!

Shawn Davis Schriner
Shawn Davis Schriner

she should be charged with eye pollution for getting such bad plastic surgery, yikes

Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper

They should never be allowed to practice law again .. PERIOD !!!!!!!

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Matt, well done.  The LAT and OCR didn't do 1/2 as good a job as you.


I certainly hope the Easters get the fuck out of Irvine. 


BTW, if both Easters get jail time, what happens to their kid?

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@Robespierre Bęben She looks like her husband wearing a wig. 

nebeltex
nebeltex

@949girl Good point. "Stranger than fiction" does partly describe this case. This all kind of reminds me of the Texas case where the wife tried to frame her soon to be divorced husband for sending anthrax to government officials. When interviewed by law enforcement, she said something to the effect that there was anthrax in the fridge (or was it ricin?). Anyhow, how would she know what it was unless she was involved? Most people clean suspcious things out of their refrigerator. Whatever law school she went to, they should wonder about the quality of their applicants and graduates...

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@20ftjesus  

I would say the kid might be better off being away from the parents for awhile...but I'm sure he will miss his mommy and daddy. :-(  The irony is, what the Easter's have done to their child by their own actions is far worse than his punishment from the schoolyard monitor...and far more humiliating. :-(

melindam
melindam

@FishWithoutBicycle @20ftjesus The schoolyard monitor didnt do anything at all to Jill's son. Jill made that up as well. They tried "unsuccesfully" to sue the monitor in civil court based on those accusation and of course they lost bcse the monitor did nothing to their son.  Mrs. Easter is just a psycho prominent attorney-turned-homemaker that was bored out of her wits and needed some drama. Thats it, plain and simple, unfortunately for her she picked the wrong person for prey for her insane calculations and is now paying the price.


FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@melindam  

Wow...if nothing happened to her son at all and she's fabricating the entire incident I think that indicates some severe mental problems...and her husband went along with it! Perhaps the child IS better off away from his parents. Poor kid. He's an innocent victim of crappy parents. :-(

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