A 45-year-old Orange County man was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment for possessing homemade explosive devices with the intent to kill his former wife, her divorce attorney, the family court judge and Huntington Beach Police Department officers. The Costa Mesa resident was ultimately charged with a laundry list of offenses, 15 felony counts in all, including stalking, possession of a destructive device with intent to injure, possession of a homemade deadly weapon and possession of a loaded firearm in public.
The convicted man had been married to his wife for 14 years before they were divorced in 2007. The estranged wife then gained sole custody of the couple’s two children, ages 11 and 13, and eventually kicked him out of their home. In recent months it was reported that the man’s spousal and child support payments had substantially increased.
In April 2008, the man was placed on probation after pleading guilty to four misdemeanor violations of breaking a domestic violence restraining order. Several months later, authorities accused him of making threats against his wife and her divorce lawyer. Authorities later pulled the suspect’s car over in a traffic stop on the Garden Grove Freeway and recovered handcuffs, pepper spray, throwing knives and a stolen 9-millimeter firearm with its serial numbers removed.
It’s difficult to overestimate what’s at stake for someone facing a felony criminal charge in California. Felony convictions come with substantial time in state prison, restrictions on your freedom during parole and sometimes even more legal consequences after you’ve served your prison sentence. California’s harsh three-strike law also looms for those accused of felony crimes, particularly since a third strike results in a lifetime prison sentence.
At Wallin & Klarich, we have over 30 years of experience dealing with the most serious of felony charges. Our attorneys have the acumen and resources to deal with the most serious of offenses. Our goal as defense attorneys is to step in as soon as possible and negotiate with prosecutors to get charges reduced and penalties minimized. If necessary, we are prepared to take your case to trial; we will work hard to win you the best, fairest possible outcome.
If you or someone you love has been accused of a felony in California, contact the experienced Orange County felony defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich today at 1-888-280-6839 or wklaw.com for a consultation of your case. We can help you.
Source report: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/08/oc-man-sentenced-to-17-years-for-threatening-to-kill-exwife-attorney-police-officers.html