JJS in the News

James Vazquez

Officers apprehend James Vazquez, 40,  in Tarzana following a high-speed pursuit that ended when this man allegedly crashed into two cars on Reseda Boulevard off the 101 Freeway on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident and booked at Van Nuys jail, where he was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading and reckless driving, according to the California Highway Patrol.  In addition to charges related to the chase, Vazquez was wanted on two outstanding warrants, including one for assault with a deadly weapon, officials said. He was transported to Providence Tarzana Medical Center for a medical evaluation.

The pursuit began at about 8:35 a.m. Monday in Agoura Hills, when a CHP officer attempted to stop a speeding 2014 black Ford Explorer with paper plates heading eastbound on the 101 Freeway and the driver of the Explorer failed to stop and “began to drive recklessly while evading the officer”.

David Landeros

David Landeros was accused and subsequently convicted at jury trial of the Murder of a mother and her son in Oxnard, CA. Landeros contended, and the defense believed wholeheartedly, that Landeros, the driver of the vehicle from which the shots were fired, had no knowledge that the rear passenger possessed the firearm or intended to fire it. Landeros Held to Answer
For the Judicial Profile of the trial judge, the Hon. Patricia M. Murphy, and to review John Stanley’s observations of her demeanor during the Landeros trial, click HERE.

Mandy Hoyen To

Having observed a Chinese Gang Member beat her brother in the head and face using brass knuckles, Mandy To jumped between the two youths armed only with a 3” penknife she used at her Home Depot job. In the struggle that followed, the gang member was killed. Mandy was convicted of Murder. However, as they overturned the conviction, the court of appeal endorsed the defense claim that the trial judge made a fatal mistake by refusing to allow the defense to argue self-defense. 

David Nicholas

David Nicholas was accused of participating in a conspiracy to kidnap two toddlers from their mother on an Orange County street in October of 2010. At preliminary hearing it was established that the mother of the toddlers had taken the children from Texas to California at night, without telling their father, and with no court authority to do so. The father is David Nicholas brother-in-law. Kidnapping charges were dismissed and David pleaded guilty to a lesser charge related to preventing the mother from gaining access to the children.

People vs. Manasarian

According to the JAX Air News, an Armenian immigrant will serve 12 years in prison and repay the federal government $1.8 million for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme that stretched from Brunswick to California.  In  New York, the fraud scheme was alleged to be in the neighborhood of $200 million with over 35 people arrested on charges.  Chief U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood imposed that sentence on Arthur Manasarian, 49, who submitted about $7.4 million in fraudulent Medicare claims from nine phony medical supply businesses. There were other The businesses were little more than rented offices with one person sitting up front to answer the phone.  Manasarian had pleaded guilty Aug. 9 to single counts of conspiracy to commit health-care fraud and aggravated identity theft. In exchange for that plea, the government dismissed eight other charges. His attorney, John J. Stanley argued that there were less than 250 victims and that the level of fraud was less than the government asserted.

Victoria Lee Bohn

According to the Ventura County Fire Department, a Jeep driven by Victoria Lee Bohn, 46, of Newbury Park, crashed into a building Wednesday morning in Newbury Park, at a credit union building in the 2700 block of West Hillcrest Drive.  Three employees of the business were taken to a hospital; where, at least two were treated at the hospital and released, authorities said.  The driver had an 11-year-old passenger in the vehicle, and was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs and child endangerment.

Wesley & Eric Brockway

Wesley & Eric Brockway were accused of attempted murder and mayhem for a samurai sword attack which took place at a remote cabin on Mt. Baldy. Both brothers claimed they acted in self-defense. At trial, Wesley was given a life sentence for his role in the confrontation, but Eric, pictured here during preliminary hearing, was acquitted of all charges.
 

Felix Babu Stephen

Felix Babu Stephen, spiritual advisor to rock musician Sting and actor Robert Downey, Jr., was accused in Malibu Court of Grand Theft, Felony Practice of Medicine without a License, and Drug Possession. After months of negotiation the Theft and Drug Possession charges were dismissed and the allegation that he practiced medicine without a license was reduced to a Municipal Code violation. 
 

Matthew Shear

Matthew Shear was accused of Premeditated Attempted Murder, a charge which, if convicted, would bring life in prison. The alleged victim was his lover. She was 41, he was 22. She provided him with money and access to drugs, he provided her with sex and companionship. In this toxic environment the alleged victim, an articulate, educated insurance adjuster from Simi Valley, California, embarked upon a campaign to discredit Matthew with the police, the District Attorney, and in the press. Her polished approach even won her an episode of TV’S, “I Survived.’ However, in what appeared to be hopeless circumstances, Matthew, his parents and his defense team refused to give up. Matthew will be released from custody in 2015.

Leonard Domka

Simi Valley police arrested Leonard Domka, 42, of Simi Valley for sodomy and oral copulation with a minor after allegedly meeting a male juvenile on the Internet and knowing the victim was a minor.  Detectives and Special Enforcement officers learned through their investigation that Domka knew the victim was a minor and therefore arrested Domka around 10 p.m. and served him with a search warrant for additional evidence. Domka’s Bail was set at $50,000.

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