December 16, 2014
According to a report by Ventura County Star, a 24-year-old Santa Paula man was recently found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon by a Ventura County jury. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January 2015 and faces up to 19 years in state prison.
The incident, which occurred in August 23, 2012, also allegedly involved violation of the Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act, otherwise known as Gang Enhancement. The man is a documented member of the Crimies gang and reportedly committed the assault on behalf of the gang.
Under California Penal Code 240, simple assault is typically considered a misdemeanor crime; however, participation in criminal gang activity increases the penalty under Penal Code 186. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the person may be punished with additional years in state prison if convicted of the felony crime.
The convicted man also failed to appear in court during his trial and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. The Ventura County Sheriffs Gang Unit state that the 24-year-old was discovered in the City of Camarillo and arrested following the guilty verdict.
If you or someone you care about is facing assault charges, it is strongly suggested that you seek legal guidance from a criminal defense attorney. Contact The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann for a strong defense against potentially devastating consequences. Call (888) 744-7730 as soon as possible.