Proseuctors Say John Raymond Breceda Follows Murder in His Teens with Another in His 30s

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Courtesy of OCDA
John Raymond Breceda is back.
A man who literally got away with murder as a teen and who was on parole for a string of later crimes will likely be charged today for allegedly committing a whole new murder.

John Raymond Breceda, 36, of Santa Ana, is currently in Orange County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail for a parole violation, according to veteran homicide prosecutor Matt Murphy of the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).

Breceda is a drug user accused of slashing the throat of drug dealer Floriberto Villasenor Cortes on May 30 in Costa Mesa. The 44-year-old, also of Santa Ana, had his throat slit in his car before he was found bleeding on a residential lawn in the 2900 block of Peppertree Lane. Police believe it was a drug deal gone bad. Cortes' vehicle was found the next day, burning in a field near the 5 freeway and Junipero Serra Road, according to Costa Mesa Police Lt. Greg Scott.

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Christopher Bryan McKenzie Guilty of Molesting 5 Boys, Most of Whom He Met at Churches

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Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
Christopher Bryan McKenzie Sr. met four of his seven victims through Sunday school.
A 51-year-old former volunteer Sunday school teacher at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa and Christ Church by the Sea in Newport Beach was convicted Wednesday afternoon of sexually assaulting five boys and attempting to attack a sixth.

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Meet the OC Prosecutor Who Was Promoted After Letting a Suspected Child Molester Walk

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When Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly issued a numbskull explanation of his February prison sentence for a 20-year-old Santa Ana man who raped his 3-year-old half-sister in a garage, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas pounced. Rackauckas' move was understandable. Despite Kelly's posturing to the contrary, sodomizing a toddler is an act of horrific violence, even when an offender announces a post-arrest religious awakening. Indeed, the child complained of pain and suffered visible injuries, according to law-enforcement records.

"We have a very vulnerable victim and innocent victim," the four-term DA complained in April as he announced an appeal of Kevin Rojano-Nieto's 10-year prison sentence, 15 years below California's mandatory minimum punishment for such a crime.

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Sebastian Alexander Swisher Busted for Allegedly Keeping 16 Ferrets in Santa Ana Pad

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All photos courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
Don't taze me, bro!
Working off a tip, Santa Ana Police Animal Control officers were arrested a 23-year-old resident for allegedly importing and transporting live restricted animals and took custody of 16 ferrets that were turned over to OC Animal Care.

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17-Year-Old Boy in Stable Condition After Being Shot by Garden Grove Police Officer

Categories: Crime-iny

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Qwik Tape
Some things have changed about the Garden Grove Police Department's report about an officer-involved shooting in the area of Jacalene Lane and Chapman Avenue just after 4 p.m. Monday. Yesterday, the person who was shot was an 18-year-old man who had pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at the officer before being shot and hospitalized. Today, he's a 17-year-old boy and the bit about raising his weapon is missing from the police narrative.

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At Least Ex-Dentist Damian Newhart Did Not Get the Chair for Seven SoCal Bank Robberies

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Damian Newhart (left) is welcomed by Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce president Derek Quinn at the 2008 dental office grand opening.
A former Newport Beach dentist--who blazed a trail of theft convictions, prescription drug abuse, shoddy patient care and allegations of practicing without a license--was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison for being the bank robber dubbed the "Rolled Sleeves Bandit."

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Theresa Fisher of Tustin Gets 3.5 Years in Scam That Gave Patients New Noses, Boobs, Tummies

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Their tummy tucks were billed as "hernia disc surgeries."
A Tustin woman has been sentenced to nearly 3.5 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $2.6 million in restitution for her part in an Orange plastic surgery center's scam that gave new noses, boobs and tummy tucks to patients whose insurance companies were fraudulently billed for covered, medically necessary procedures.

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Maui Cop on Leave for DUI Busted for Allegedly Being Drunk in Public in Newport Beach

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John Salomon apparently extended his troubles across the Pacific Ocean.
A Maui Police Department officer who was on unpaid administrative leave for allegedly driving under the influence on June 11 was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public Saturday afternoon in Newport Beach.

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San Francisco Corrections Officer Left Glock and Cocaine Behind on Family Disneyland Trip: DA

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Photo by flickr user Pseph
Ye olde fanny pack
A fanny pack with a loaded Glock 20 handgun and .45 grams of cocaine that was accidentally left in an Anaheim hotel room earlier this month was linked to a San Francisco juvenile corrections officer who was on a family vacation to Disneyland.

Robert Dandrea Minor now could find himself on the other side of adult corrections officers, inside a prison cell for four years. That's what the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) essentially says in a statement this afternoon that indicates the 51-year-old resident of Hercules is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm.

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Kwane Carpenter Could Face Death Penalty in Slayings of Common Law Wife and Their Baby

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Moureen Gathua-Carpenter, R.I.P.
UPDATE NO. 4, JUNE 26, 2:34 P.M.: Kwane Adom Carpenter entered his scheduled arraignment hearing Thursday morning possibly facing the death penalty. Arraignment was rescheduled for July 17, but the charges against the 24-year-old Anaheim resident still include the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders that make him eligible for capital punishment should prosecutors decide to seek it. An Orange County District Attorney's office statement reveals the alleged murder weapon: a kitchen knife. The death of Moureen Gathua-Carpenter, the defendant's common law wife, is hitting her attorney in a 2013 identity theft case hard. (She pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and was sentenced to probation and community service in lieu of jail.)

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