Francisco Javier Montano Gets 2 Years for Fatal Hit and Run That Baby Miraculously Survived

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Francisco Javier Montano fled because he had no license.
A 22-year-old Irvine man was looking at up to 7 1/2 years in prison for driving off in his SUV after his girlfriend jumped out to her death last Halloween with their 13-month-old baby in their arms. (Their daughter miraculously survived with minor injuries.)

But after agreeing to a plea agreement that had him admitting his guilt to felony hit-and-run involving a death and child abuse and endangerment, Francisco Javier Montano was sentenced Monday to two years behind bars.

With time served, he could be kicked loose in a couple weeks, the prosecutor says.

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Jason "Mayhem" Miller Pleads Not Guilty to Causing Mayhem in Standoff with Deputies

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Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department
"You ain't never met a defendant ... Liiiike ... MEEEEE!
UPDATE NO. 6, OCT. 20, 1:39 P.M.: Retired MMA fighter Jason Nicholas Miller pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor resisting arrest at his arraignment hearing this morning in Santa Ana, where he is to return Dec. 1 for a pretrial hearing.

"Mayhem" separately faces faces two felony counts of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, felony stalking and a misdemeanor count of violating a protective order.

On the bright side, based solely on the sheriff's booking photo at right, Miller is a lock for the role of the genie in the touring musical version of Aladdin.

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Kent and Jill Easter's School Mom Victim Kelli Peters Finally Gets to Speak Her Mind: Update

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Photo courtesy of Kelli Peters
"I actually started to fear for my life and the life of my daughter," Kelli Peters said of the harassment Jill and Kent Easter put her through.

UPDATE, OCT. 20, 10 A.M.: The victim of Jill and Kent Easter finally got her chance to speak out about the nightmare the vindictive Irvine lawyer couple put the school volunteer through, something she remained silent about until both had been prosecuted.

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David Elifar Verduzco Gets 30 Years for His Style of Preying at Agape House of Prayer

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David Elifar Verduzco is one sick pup.
A piano teacher who molested girls ages 9 and 12 he met through Agape House of Prayer in Anaheim has been sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison.

A worship team leader who gave electronic keyboard lessons at Agape, 35-year-old David Elifar Verduzco of Santa Ana had befriended the families of the girls, who all attended the church together.

"You were really close friends with my family and now it's hard to trust anyone," said the younger girl in a victim impact statement delivered at Friday's sentencing. "The way I feel now is that I'll be scared forever, and I don't want to remember this at all when I get older."

The father of the other girl called Verduzco a wolf who disguised himself as a sheep to prey on victims, adding the experience nearly broke up the dad's marriage.

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Myung Jae Kim Gets 24 Years in Prison for Taking Grudge Against Bank WAY Too Far

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Myung Jae Kim was out for revenge.
A 57-year-old man who took a Buena Park bank employee hostage and was shot in the stomach in a standoff with SWAT officers has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

The attorney and family of Myung Jae Kim begged for probation only, pointing to the punishment he has endured in needing two colostomy bags following the shooting. But Orange County Superior Court Judge Michael J. Cassidy only shaved four years off the maximum punishment of 28 years on Friday. Senior Deputy District Attorney John Christl had argued the police bullets were meant to protect the innocent people in the bank, so the defendant had not yet been punished.

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Busty Model Krista Boseley Busted for Allegedly Smuggling Molly into John Wayne Airport

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Courtesy of the DEA
Holy Molly!

Federal agents busted a onetime Playboy model and a pilot at John Wayne Airport after their private plane that had arrived with them from Las Vegas was found to have nearly 60,000 Ecstasy pills and almost 90 pounds of Ecstasy powder onboard, authorities say.

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Westminster Police Chief Kevin Baker Dropped From Federal Extortion Lawsuit

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Chief Baker
The onetime Little Saigon bikini bar owner who accused several members of the Westminster Police Department of participating in an Orange County extortion racket today dropped several defendants from her federal lawsuit.

Hanh Le--the alleged victim--is no longer interested in pursuing her claims against the City of Westminster, its police department, police chief Kevin Baker and officer Timothy Vu.

The move leaves Le's civil case ongoing against defendants Kevin Khanh Tuan Do, the FBI-arrested businessman who pleaded guilty in June to a federal prosecutor; Anthony Duong Donner, the primary Westminster cop allegedly used by Do; and officer Phuong Pham.

Le's dismissal of the other defendants occurred by joint stipulation filed inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.

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Steven Joseph Bruno to Go on Trial Today for Murder of Successful Businessman Father Ernie

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Steven Joseph Bruno
A 23-year-old man is scheduled to face trial this morning for the fatal shooting of his father in their Irvine home in 2012.

Steven Joseph Bruno is charged with murder and a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. If convicted at the trial scheduled to begin this morning in Santa Ana, he faces up to 50 years to life in state prison.

Bruno and his 60-year-old father Ernie had been arguing over money before the slaying, family members said in 2012.

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Court: ICE Prosecutor Cheated Drug-Dealing Mexican Caught In USA Fourth Time

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth District has rebuked a federal judge and a Department of Homeland Security lawyer with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for abusing the rights of a drug dealer with a history of illegally entering the United States from Mexico.

The appeals court claims Southern California ICE attorney Nathaniel B. Walker won a fast track, guilty plea from Paul Gabriel Morales Heredia by promising a sentence of six months, but violated the deal by making "inflammatory" remarks about the defendant's criminal history to Judge Stephen V. Wilson, who reacted by increasing punishment to 21 months in prison.

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Israel Pena Lopez Gets 80 Years in Prison for Murder of Drug Dealer in Bakery

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Israel Pena Lopez
A 38-year-old man who murdered a drug dealer making himself a cup of coffee in a Santa Ana bakery has been sentenced to 80 years to life in state prison.

A jury last month found Israel Pena Lopez of Santa Ana guilty of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon and found true a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death.

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