Mark Eric Hibner, Ex-LA Deputy, Gets 2 1 Year for Reign of Violence on Ex-Girlfriend

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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A veteran Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy convicted in October of assaulting his girlfriend for days--after she confronted him in Anaheim on Christmas Day for banging a second woman--was sentenced today to two years* one year in state prison.

However, Mark Eric Hibner, a 22-year vet of the LASO, will only do 75 more days in jail because he was given credit for time already served behind bars.

The maximum penalty others face after being convicted on two counts of domestic battery with corporal injury and three counts of making criminal threats (all felonies): seven years and four months.

Mark Eric Hibner, LASO Deputy, Guilty of Assaulting and Threatening to Kill Girlfriend

The rationale, as reported in court today by City News Service's Paul Anderson:

Orange County Superior Court Judge W. Michael Hayes said he opted to keep Hibner in jail where he could receive more counseling for anger management issues.

Hibner, who brought a Bible to court with him, was given credit for 216 days behind bars, meaning he has about 75 more days to go before he is released. Hayes ordered Hibner to serve five years of formal probation.

Hibner also must participate in a one-year "batterers treatment" program, according to Deputy District Attorney Lori Smith.

Smith advocated for Hibner to serve time in prison while the defendant's attorney, Thomas Szakall, asked the judge for probation so he has "the opportunity to cure the real problem with psychotherapy. ... Any further punishment is unnecessary."

Szakall said his client suffered stress on the job in his 22 years with the department. Hayes was unsympathetic.

"Frankly, that insults the vast amount of people in law enforcement who go out there every day" and don't abuse family or friends while off-duty, Hayes said. "This isn't a new problem with him. It's a long-standing problem."

Hayes also noted that domestic violence calls are among the most dangerous ones for police to handle.

Hibner did not dispute an order to pay $2,000 restitution to a fund for crime victims.

"I'll just pay it. That's fine, sir," Hibner said.

When Smith raised the issue of about $15,000 more in restitution demanded from victims, Hibner's attorney requested a hearing to contest the amount.

Mercy, if Hibner has to pay $15k, that might cut into Szakall's payday!

Hibner had been in a romantic relationship with the woman he assaulted for several years before, on Dec. 25, 2012, they argued after she discovered a sexually suggestive voicemail from another woman on his cell phone. The argument continued into the next day, when Hibner hit her, grabbed her hair, spit on her, threw a lit cigarette at her and punched her in the chest.

Three days later, Hibner grabbed his beloved by the hair, pulling it side to side, and calling her derogatory names. He also pushed her onto a bed, straddled her, pinned her down with his knees on her shoulders and covered her mouth with his hand so hard she was left with teeth marks inside her mouth. Hibner repeatedly swore at the woman and threatened to kill her.

The next day, Dec. 30, Hibner dragged the woman through their living room by her hair, threw her on the floor, straddled her and choked her with his forearm across her throat, before covering her mouth, pinching her nose and threatening to make her pass out. She responded by crying, begging him to stop and banging her foot on the floor to wake the neighbors. Hibner responded to that by spitting on her, throwing a lit cigarette at her and calling her derogatory names.

When Hibner's by-then ex-girlfriend met with him two months later for a child custody exchange--they have a minor child together--the deputy threatened to kill her if she appeared in court at a hearing scheduled for two days later. The woman planned to take out a restraining order against him.

Amazingly, considering what's been going on at the LASO, Hibner was relieved of duty without pay due to the conviction.

*Corrected from original post that had Hibner getting two years.

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28 comments
FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

So now it's ONE year?!! Does the justice system view domestic violence as a joke? I'm not laughing.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Scumbag Criminal Cops should receive DOUBLE the Prison Sentence that an ordinary citizen would receive for the same crime.



OC Weekly
OC Weekly

You don't think a cop who assaults in his personal life is news?

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Actually, we're terrible for bonfires; we're much better for litter boxes...

Mark Davis
Mark Davis

I tried my hardest to support OC Weekly, since it's our "local newspaper". A good news article, however, will have the readers debating the topic at hand, be it racism, corrupt police, a death, etc. Instead, most of the comments on these articles tend to include criticism about the author; most of the pieces seem to be written by a high school teenager with a pessimistic attitude towards life and the vocabulary to match. The responses are on par with that level as well; most recently seen responding to an inquiry from a reader with "cuz they suck". ..."banging". Really? OC Weekly is a joke. Only thing good for is kindle for bonfires.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Youre right, everyone else that didn't have a badge would have been much more severely punished. POBRA and POBOR need serious reforms.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

I think its more of a reminder and reaffirmation than it is news.

bphood
bphood

You should try the new yorker...by the way this is not a local paper its an ad platform for for vice...idiot

roman_archer
roman_archer

Hey Mark, did you forget that on your facebook page you state, and I quote: "I fucking love the OC Weekly"? Let me explain something to you so you don't make a complete ass out of yourself again in a public forum: The OC Weekly has a younger, hipper, edgier demographic that doesn't get its panties in a bunch over the word "banging". If that offends you, you may be better suited to your grandparents choice for news, The OC Register. Its laughable that in a well written article on a police officer receiving a slap on the wrist for a reign of terror committed against his own family, you're offended by the word "banging"? One last thing, get your hands out of your pockets boy, you look like a damn slouch at a pocket pool tournament.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you prefer schtupping another woman ?



Nolo
Nolo

@paullucas714  Paul, I've seen alot of DV get similar or lesser. There're a lot of sentences that should be longer.  I don't think a badge has anything to do with it. He's quite simply a POS loser. POBRA also has nothing to do with this. That only provides certain rights during administrative investigations, like being told what the charges are and being allowed to have a representative. POBRA doesn't apply anywhere in a criminal case. This guy was simply an embarrassment to the badge and good riddance. Even though most cops suck, his attorney trying to use his job as an excuse was pathetic and I'm glad the judge saw through that.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I'm glad to see someone else thinks that's not nearly long enough...

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