Stanford Sex Assault Judge Went Easy On Student Athlete Mandating AA Meetings

 

Stanford Sex Assault Judge Went Easy On Another Student Athlete

Judge Aaron Persky, under fire for his sentencing of former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, delayed sentencig for a domestic violence offender so he could play football in Hawaii. “They made it easy for him,” the victim told BuzzFeed News.

The California judge who faces a recall campaign after giving a former Stanford swimmer a six-month jail sentence for sexual assault approved an extraordinarily lenient sentencing arrangement for another young male athlete convicted of domestic violence, according to court records. NA Daytona and AA Daytona Meetings are dangerous.

In February 2015, 21-year-old Ikaika Gunderson beat and choked his ex-girlfriend. He quickly confessed to police and three months later pleaded no contest to a felony count of domestic violence.

Gunderson faced up to four years in state prison, but he got a break.

In most domestic violence cases, sentencing occurs within a month or two of the guilty plea, but Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky agreed to delay sentencing for more than a year so that Gunderson could attend the University of Hawaii, where he had been accepted, and play football there.

The judge said he would reduce Gunderson’s charge to a misdemeanor if the athlete completed a 52-week domestic violence program and attended weekly AA meetings.

Typically, domestic violence defendants have to successfully complete probation before a felony charge is reduced. But instead of having to report to a probation officer, Gunderson was told he did not have to check in with the judge for seven months. Even then, Persky said Gunderson’s attorney could appear on his client’s behalf, meaning Gunderson did not have to return to California. Holly Hill Sunrise Park AA Meetings are dangerous.

The unorthodox arrangement also skirted a federal statute that bars adult offenders from moving out of state without permission.

It was a generous show of good faith, but it did not work out.

By October, Gunderson had dropped out of college and stopped attending AA meetings. He also had failed to take part in the required domestic violence program. Two months later, he was arrested on another domestic violence charge in Washington state.

Persky’s decisions have been under scrutiny since the victim in the Stanford rape case released a letter describing the devastating impact the attack had on her. Prosecutors had asked for six years in prison, but Persky gave Turner six months, which was in line with what the probation officer suggested. Turner is scheduled to be released on Sept. 2.

On Aug. 25, Persky asked to be reassigned from criminal to civil cases in hopes that the move would reduce the distractions the Turner sentencing brought to the court. The recall campaign against him will continue, said its leader, Michele Dauber, adding that Persky could transfer back to hearing criminal cases whenever he chooses.

“Judicial bias is just as serious regardless of whether a case is civil or criminal,” Dauber said in a statement. “Many issues affecting women are heard in civil court every day.”

Persky’s critics say the Gunderson case fits the judge’s pattern of leniency in cases involving privileged men charged with serious crimes. Persky’s supporters counter that the judge’s actions show his desire to offer young offenders a chance at rehabilitation rather than incarceration. They say it’s unfair to hold Persky under a microscope, especially since prosecutors have to sign off on plea agreements, too.

But lawyers, domestic violence advocates, and other experts who were briefed on the case, including one high-profile judge who has publicly opposed the recall campaign, told BuzzFeed News that Gunderson’s sentencing agreement was highly unusual.

“There are so many problems with how this case was handled that I’m not even sure where to start,” said retired Judge LaDoris Cordell, who, like Persky, served as a Santa Clara County superior court judge. She said it was troubling that Persky didn’t ensure Gunderson was properly supervised, and that Hawaiian authorities were not notified when the defendant moved there.

“The system is set up so that if someone has admitted a violent offense and is now a convicted felon, they should be closely monitored,” Cordell said. “You don’t just cross your fingers and hope everything is going to be fine. That’s not how the courts are supposed to work.”

The victim, Gunderson’s ex-girlfriend, agreed, she told BuzzFeed News in a recent interview.

“It just wasn’t handled right,” the woman said. “They made it easy for him.”


Ikaika Gunderson grew up in Camas, Washington, a suburb of Portland, Oregon. His dad coached high school football, and his mother, an IBM executive, graduated from Stanford just four years before Persky, although there’s no indication they knew each other.

Gunderson dreamed of playing college football but was told his career was over after he suffered concussions during high school, according to a 2011 newspaper article that said Gunderson battled headaches and mood swings. But in January 2012, Gunderson got the opportunity to play football for Foothill College, a community college in Los Altos Hills, California. According to an athlete profile page from that time, he was 6’2’’ and weighed 250 pounds.

“Looks like I’m gonna be taking my talents to Cali,” Gunderson wrote on Facebook. “Gonna be playin ball by the bay area. 2 years then dreams of going big time.”

According to the statement that the victim, then 20, gave police, she and Gunderson started dating in the fall of 2013 and broke up in December 2014. They reconnected in January 2015 and went out for dinner in downtown Sunnyvale. After a few drinks, they got into an argument, which escalated into violence as they sat in his car in a parking lot.

“Don’t raise your voice at me, I’m a man,” Gunderson told the victim, according to her statement. Then, she said, he punched her in the face and split her lip. She told police Gunderson hit her repeatedly in the face, pushed her head through the open car door window, and closed his hands around her neck until she couldn’t breathe. He then shoved her out of the vehicle.


“There are so many problems with how this case was handled that I’m not even sure where to start.”


The victim walked away, she later told police, but Gunderson drove up alongside her and persuaded her to get back in the car. When she did, they started arguing again, and Gunderson backhanded her in the face, calling her “bitch” and “whore.” They drove to his house. As she sat on his front steps waiting for a friend to pick her up, Gunderson ate a bag of chips and laughed at her, according to the report.

The victim’s friend drove her to a hospital, and a nurse notified police. The responding officer noted the victim’s visible injuries in his report: Her face and lips were swollen, there were cuts and bruises on her face and body, and her left eye had broken blood vessels.

“The victim believes Gunderson has a ‘two sided personality,’ due to his concussions,” the officer wrote.

The police arrested Gunderson that night after he admitted beating and choking the woman. She had hurt him “with her words,” Gunderson said by way of explaining his behavior, according to the police report. “I pushed her out of my face.”


Three months later, Gunderson appeared before Persky and pleaded no contest to the domestic violence felony charge.

Persky went “out on a limb,” Deputy District Attorney Ted Kajani would later say in court, and set Gunderson’s sentencing for July 2016, more than a year later. Until then, Persky told Gunderson he could go to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandmother and attend college as planned. If all went well, according to the arrangement, the felony would be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Assistant DA Brian Welch told BuzzFeed News that even though the prosecutor signed off on the deal, it was “solely within the court’s discretion to determine the sentence” in this case.

It is not uncommon for judges to give defendants a chance to “earn” a lesser charge, but legal and domestic violence experts said it is unusual for a judge to defer sentencing for so long for such a violent crime, and with such minimal supervision.

The victim told BuzzFeed News she supported the judge’s initial decision to give Gunderson a chance but was disappointed to learn he was unsupervised during the seven months before his attorney checked in with the court.

“I think it should have been stricter,” she said. “They didn’t even check in on him or anything like that the whole time?”

By October, Gunderson had dropped out of school, which meant he was no longer on the football team. He had stopped going to AA meetings. Instead of completing a state-mandated course on domestic violence, he took part of one online. All were violations of the plea agreement.

Gunderson’s attorney acknowledged this when he appeared in front of Persky in December, on his client’s behalf, as planned. Persky then ordered Gunderson to come in person the following month.

At that hearing, Gunderson blamed his failure to keep up his end of the agreement on the fact that his grandmother had died the previous October. He also provided a psychiatrist’s note that recommended a leave of absence from class. His attorney called it a “speed bump,” and court transcripts show Persky was inclined to be understanding.


“They didn’t even check in on him or anything like that the whole time?”


“If he’s completely back on track with the original program and probation and the People don’t have an objection, we can revert back to that,” the judge said of Gunderson.

This time, the prosecutor successfully objected, and Persky set Gunderson’s sentencing for March 2016. He received three years’ felony probation, four months in county jail, as recommended by probation — although he served less than two months — and was ordered to complete a certified DV program.

Washington state records show that Gunderson was arrested on another domestic violence charge in December 2015. According to the police report, he punched his father during a family argument. “The family expressed concern repeatedly requesting that there be no charges as Ikaika needs treatment,” the police report states. That case is still pending.

Gunderson’s parents told police that their son had lived with them in Washington since Nov. 1 — despite Gunderson’s agreement to be in college in Hawaii at that time.

BuzzFeed News asked several local public defenders, retired judges, domestic violence advocates and legal experts to comment on Persky’s decision-making in Gunderson’s case. All agreed that the 14-month deferred sentencing was unusual although not unprecedented. But opinions differed as to whether this was a good thing and whether Persky alone should be faulted for the plea deal’s failure.

“I think everybody played a role in the lack of success in this particular case,” including the district attorney, said Steve Clark, a former prosecutor who is now a defense attorney. “That doesn’t mean I don’t think we should give people chances, particularly young people,” Clark said. “I don’t know if we would want to live in a society where no one got a break.“

Others, however, said it was improper for a judge to oversee an offender’s rehabilitation in the way Persky did. The lack of supervision, among other issues, was not only “bizarre” but a “miscarriage of justice,” said Nancy Lemon, a leading authority on domestic violence and a lecturer at University of California Berkeley’s law school.

Gunderson’s attorney, Anthony Brass, said his client is under medical care resulting from injuries that likely stem from playing football.

“No judge wants to derail a young person starting their life, particularly if they are going to college, but the fact is that Gunderson faced challenges that made it very difficult to complete the promises he made,” Brass told BuzzFeed News. “That doesn’t excuse him, but it was a challenging situation for him. The amount of freedom and amount of time he got ended up being something that didn’t serve his purpose.”

If Gunderson had been on official probation, he would have had strict guidelines to follow. For instance, he would have known that taking an online domestic violence class was unacceptable. Nobody told Gunderson this: Court records show that he asked the judge in May 2015 if he could take an online course and got no response.

Persky’s decision to allow Gunderson to move to Hawaii may have violated a federal statute as well. The Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision bars offenders from moving out of state without making a request to that state first. Yet Hawaii was never made aware that Gunderson was there.


“The amount of freedom and amount of time he got ended up being something that didn’t serve his purpose.”


Judges need to “do better to send a message that violence against women is not tolerable,” said Michelle Rocca, a director with the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. They shouldn’t bend the rules to benefit abusers, she said, as Persky appeared to have done.

“Violent offenders who are not held accountable continue to put communities at risk, and with the added layer of not being assigned formal supervision by the courts, they are free to re-offend in any state they choose, including Hawaii,” she said.

Before Persky asked to quit criminal court, he also disqualified himself from making a decision in another sex crime ruling. His efforts might not be enough to take the heat off.

For Dauber, the leader of Persky’s recall campaign, Gunderson’s sentencing once again proves that Persky “does not take violence against women seriously.” Instead, she said, Persky “essentially sentenced Gunderson to a year-long Hawaiian vacation.”

Persky’s supporters see a different pattern — one of a judge who looks for alternatives to incarceration.

“We have so many judges that take a one-size-fits-all, assembly-line approach to being a judge, so I appreciate a judge who takes the time to individually consider cases,” said Sajid Khan, a public defender in Santa Clara County who is one of Persky’s leading supporters.

But even some who oppose the recall campaign said it’s a judge’s ultimate responsibility to do the right thing in the courtroom — and that didn’t happen in Gunderson’s case.

“If I’m a judge, and I see that things aren’t happening as they normally should, it’s on me,” said Judge Cordell. “I should say, ‘No, this deal isn’t going to happen.’”

https://www.buzzfeed.com/katiejmbaker/stanford-sex-assault-judge-went-easy-on-another-student-athl?utm_term=.qeLVRzzXED#.xi47988rv5

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Father Sentenced to Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings and Weekends in Jail for Felony Child Abuse of Baby Daughter

Father sentenced to a year of weekends in jail for child abuse

By Katy Barnitz / Journal Staff Writer Saturday, May 28th, 2016
A Rio Rancho father convicted of child abuse must spend the next 52 weekends in county jail, a Sandoval County judge ruled Monday.
Matthew Najar, 32, pleaded guilty in February to one count of reckless child abuse, a third-degree felony, according to court documents.

Najar was originally indicted in November 2012 on four counts of child abuse. Rio Rancho police reported being called to a local hospital in December 2011 after health care workers reported that an 11-week-old girl had a skull fracture, according to a Rio Rancho Observer report from 2012. Employees also reportedly said they found healing fractures of the girl’s ribs, left leg and collarbone.

During a sentencing hearing Monday afternoon, Najar told state District Court Judge George Eichwald that he’d made mistakes in his life, but said substance abuse was the root of the problem. He said he’d been clean for three years and asked the judge to allow him to maintain his relationship with his children.

“I want to be a father to these girls,” Najar said. “Give me a chance to be the father that these girls need.”

Najar’s defense attorney Leonard Foster said that, in the many years since the charges first arose, Najar started attending Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous classes, and he’s gone through group therapy sessions with the state Children, Youth and Families Department. He even started his own business with his brother, which allows him to make child support payments and support his children, Foster said. He asked the judge to place Najar on probation. Daytona AA and NA meetings have violent felons, please beware!

Prosecutor Aaron Aragon asked for 18 months of incarceration, combined with substance abuse and anger management courses. Holly Hill Sunrise Park NA Meetings complaints.

Eichwald sentenced Najar to 104 days in custody, “one year of weekends,” he said. He also told Najar to enroll in and complete anger management courses, and to continue attending NA and AA meetings.

“I’m keeping you from losing your job,” Eichwald said.

In a brief interview after the hearing, Najar said he was disappointed with the sentence and nervous about returning to jail every week.

“I was loaded and I dropped my daughter,” he said, adding that he took the infant to the emergency room immediately.

Najar said he’s scared to go back to jail.

“Jail’s ugly,” he said, calling it a “drug- and violence-infested area.”

He said he hopes spending the weekends in custody will remind him why he changed his life.

“I’m scared,” he told the judge. “I don’t want to lose all this.”

http://www.abqjournal.com/782483/father-sentenced-to-a-year-of-weekends-in-jail-for-child-abuse.html

Man in Court for Threatening to Kill People is Mandated to Attend AA Meetings

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By Norman Miller  Daily News Staff   Posted May. 16, 2016 at 8:08 PM

FRAMINGHAM – A Framingham man tried to force himself into an Edmands Road apartment on Sunday, threatening to kill the terrified residents as they clutched kitchen knives for protection, a prosecutor said Monday in Framingham District Court.

Police arrested Christopher Hagins, 36, at the Edmands House at 15 Edmands Road at 12:21 a.m., prosecutor Megan Fitzgerald said during Hagins’ arraignment.

The two tenants told police they were in their apartment when someone tried to force open the door. They said they armed themselves with kitchen knives in case he got in, and held the door shut until police arrived.

As Hagins tried to break down the door he screamed, “I’ll kill you. I know you,” Fitzgerald said.

When police arrived, they found Hagins punching and kicking the door. He refused to answer questions and when they tried to take him into custody, he struggled and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, the prosecutor said.

“When the officers spoke to the residents, they were both visibly shaking and crying,” Fitzgerald said. Hagins was a complete stranger, the residents told police.

One of tenants said she had seen Hagins late Saturday as she worked at a nearby gas station. According to a police report, Hagins acted bizarrely while buying cigarettes.

“He was saying, ‘Do we have a problem here … Oh, I definitely know you have a problem,’” Hagins was quoted as saying.

Hagins did not tell police why he was trying to get into the apartment. He had recently moved into the building.

Police charged Hagins with attempted burglary, threatening to commit a crime (murder), disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

Hagins also had a Natick District Court warrant for driving under the influence of liquor and a Dedham District Court warrant that charged him with driving under the influence of liquor, driving to endanger, resisting arrest and speeding.

Fitzgerald asked Judge Jennifer Stark to hold Hagins on $1,000 bail and to order him to stay away from the alleged victims and to undergo random screenings for alcohol.

Probation officer Dave DiGiorgio also asked Stark to hold Hagins without bail, pending a probation violation hearing. He said he is going to recommend sending Hagins to jail. Hagins is on probation for drunken driving.

“It’s a scary police report,” said DiGiorgio. “I think he’s dangerous.”

Hagins’ lawyer, Charles Hughes, asked for his client’s release. He said Hagins has a minimal record, and is willing to cooperate with the rest of the conditions. Holly Hill Sunrise Park Crime.

Stark ordered Hagins held without bail for the probation violation hearing and set $500 bail on the new case. She also ordered Hagins to drink no alcohol, be subject random alcohol tests and attend two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week. Judge Stark ordered Hagins to stay away from the alleged victims whom she said “are now terrified of you.” AA Daytona and NA Daytona meetings are dangerous places.

Hagins is due back in court on June 24 for a pretrial conference.

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20160516/da-framingham-man-tries-to-force-way-into-apartment

AA Member With Severe Mental Health Problems Sentenced to Jail for Brandishing Knife at Police Officers

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Man who brandished knife sentenced to prison

PORT CLINTON – The man subdued by police while brandishing a knife during an incident caught on security camera footage in August will spend several more months in jail after receiving credit for time served.

Judge Bruce Winters, of Ottawa County Common Pleas Court, sentenced Weinheimer to 180 days for the misdemeanor and a year in prison for the felony, which are to be imposed concurrently. NA Daytona and AA Daytona meetings have dangerous felons. Beware!

Weinheimer was also given credit for 233 days served since the offense occurred, leaving just over four months of prison remaining on the sentence.

Weinheimer addressed the court during his sentencing hearing on Thursday and apologized for the incident.

“I just want to say, I’m sorry for wasting the court’s time and I’m sorry to the police officers and everybody for what I did during my drinking,” he said.

He and his defense attorney, Howard Whitcomb, asked the court to consider outpatient care because of a severe mental health condition Weinheimer has been diagnosed with and treated for in the past, as well as an addiction to alcohol.

“Continuing with (Alcoholics Anonymous), I know I can do it. I really do,” Weinheimer said.

“You were fortunate enough to have met up with an officer who had a taser,” Winters said. “My prediction would be, if there hadn’t been a taser there, a firearm would have been used to stop you from approaching the officers with the knife.”

Winters said he understands the mental health issue and the addiction are both severe in this case, referred to as co-occurring disorders.

“The two of them together really make things difficult for you, but then again, you make things a bit difficult for yourself,” the judge said.

Winters noted, based on the pre-sentence report, there does not seem to be consistent way to ensure Weinheimer will take his prescribed medication, and said he has discussed potential treatments with mental health professionals, but was still “at a loss” in this case.

“I struggle with the fact that, if you’ve got mental health issues, prison is not the place for you,” Winters said. “You need mental health assistance in some way, but I’m just not seeing that assistance available. I’m not convinced that all of your actions can be written off to mental health problems. You do some choosing in this, too.”

Winters recommended Weinheimer take advantage of any available help, such as substance abuse treatment, while in prison.

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/story/news/local/2016/03/24/man-who-brandished-knife-sentenced-prison/82199874/

Convicted Rapist of 13 Year Old Girl Who Went to AA Meetings Dies in Prison

Convicted rapist from Waterville dies at Maine State Prison

BY BETTY ADAMS KENNEBEC JOURNAL  badams@mainetoday.com | 207-621-5631

Donald Riley, 67, was serving a sentence for raping a 13-year-old neighbor in his basement on Pine Street.

A Waterville man who died in prison Thursday was serving a sentence for forcing a 13-year-old neighbor into his Pine Street basement and raping her on May 16, 2006, as well as for a later burglary that occurred in Washington County.

Donald Riley, 67, who also used the middle names Edwin and Edward, died at 2:15 p.m. Thursday at the Maine State Prison in Warren, according to the Maine Department of Corrections.

In 2009, Riley pleaded guilty to a charge of gross sexual assault in connection with the rape, and he was sentenced to serve an initial 5½ years of a 15-year sentence.

The remainder of the sentence was suspended, and he was placed on six years of probation.

Riley also was given credit for the three years he had been held while the charge was pending.

While he was out on probation, he broke into a grocery store in Calais and was ordered returned to prison on June 1, 2014, to serve two years on the burglary conviction and the remaining 9½ years on the gross sexual assault charge.

The prosecutor in the rape case, then-Deputy District Attorney Alan Kelley, said the girl had been riding her bicycle in the neighborhood and entered Riley’s backyard after his son asked her to help him get his bicycle out of the mud.

“Don Riley came out of the basement, grabbed her arm and pulled her into the basement,” Kelley said. AA and NA Daytona meetings have violent dangerous felons, BEWARE!

The next day, the girl told a friend what happened. She was administered a sex-assault examination at Inland Hospital, and Waterville police investigated.

Riley initially told police there was mutual fondling through clothes, then admitted having intercourse with her, Kelley said. Port Orange AA meetings are dangerous!

At a hearing, the victim’s stepfather said the effect of the rape had torn the family apart.

Riley’s attorney told the judge at the 2009 hearing that Riley had been treated for Parkinson’s disease and depression and had attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and sex-offender counseling.

Riley also had been convicted in 2002 of assault on an 11-year-old girl who was visiting his son. Holly Hill Florida in Sunrise Park have dangerous AA and NA meetings, beware!

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/12/waterville-rapist-dies-at-maine-state-prison/

Sexual Predator Hunted for Victims in AA and NA Meetings to Torture Them

Amanda Kathleen McGee of Calgary received an eight-year sentence after pleading guilty to eight charges, including human trafficking, sexual assault and forcible confinement.

Amanda McGee sentenced to 8 years for human trafficking, sexual assault

Women were confined, drugged and sexually tortured

By Meghan Grant, CBC News Posted: Jan 22, 2016

With 30 years experience as a prosecutor and judge, Justice Earl Wilson said he’s never seen a case as bizarre and depraved as the sexual, physical and emotional torture of young women at the hands of Amanda McGee.

The 33-year-old Calgary woman pleaded guilty to eight charges including sexual assault, forcible confinement and human trafficking.

She was sentenced to eight years in prison in a Calgary courtroom Friday.

Wilson berated McGee for several minutes, telling her he had never — with his decades of experience — seen any case like this, calling it “stunningly horrible.”

“You are evil, cold hearted, I don’t know if you’ve even got a soul,” said Wilson to McGee after accepting her guilty pleas.

Between July 2013 and March 2014, McGee drugged two young women and sexually assaulted them, forcing one to prostitute herself for weeks while locked in a bedroom, according to an agreed statement of facts.

The victim was allowed out to watch McGee work as a prostitute. She was also forced to do drugs and was punished with sexual violence when she didn’t do as she was told.

The young woman — a teen at the time — was forced to earn a quota of $2,000 per day and tried to kill herself several times during her captivity by drinking drain cleaner and attempting to hang herself.

“One of these poor victims tried to kill herself because of you. Thank god she didn’t because, at the end of the day, her life is worth living. She’s a survivor,” said Wilson.

‘I will always be a victim’

Videos were taken of the young women and McGee threatened to send them to their families. Dangerous felons in Daytona NA and AA meetings in Holly Hill Florida.

“I will never be just a girl again. I will always be a victim,” said one of the young women McGee drugged and assaulted.

Once McGee no longer had control over her victims, she began hunting for more — joining women-only chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

“The criminality here is beyond the pale; these people are sentenced to life — that’s what you’ve done,” said Wilson. Daytona homeless in Daytona AA and NA meetings.

“It’s disgustingly depraved what you did and continued to do, you just went from one victim to another.”

At the time of her crimes, McGee was addicted to drugs and made some terrible decisions, according to her lawyer’s submissions on Friday.

Wilson also told McGee if she had gone through a trial and been found guilty, he would have sentenced her to life in prison.

“I think you are that dangerous of a human being.”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/amanda-mcgee-human-trafficking-sexual-assault-plea-1.3416535

Violent Man Mandated to AA Meetings Charged in Killing His Infant Son Chance

Baby Chance father’s violent past well known to state officials

BY DAVE CULBRETH & STANLEY B. CHAMBERS JR.

 NOVEMBER 2, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Before Joseph Walsh was arrested and charged in connection with the death of his infant son, the state Department of Children and Families was well aware of his violent history, having taken multiple children from a previous marriage away from him, a WINK News investigation revealed.

Walsh, 36, and Kristen Bury, 32, are each charged in connection with the death of Chance Walsh, their nine-week-old baby whose remains were found Oct. 15 in a heavily wooded area about 13 miles from their North Port home. Walsh is charged with second-degree murder; Bury faces a homicide negligent manslaughter charge.

Chance, whose funeral was on Sunday, was last seen by relatives on Sept. 9. The couple’s inconsistent versions of what happened to Chance during a vehicle wreck in South Carolina eventually led authorities to the baby’s body.

Walsh’s criminal history started as a teenager when he escaped from a juvenile facility in Okeechobee. By his mid-20s, Walsh was raising seven children with his first wife and becoming well known to law enforcement:

  • He was charged with aggravated assault and battery in 2002. The charges were later dropped.
  • He was charged with attempting to strangle his wife’s friend in 2004. Those charges were also dropped.
  • Walsh became a felon in 2006 after pleading guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Walsh was on drugs when he jumped onto a kitchen counter top, lunged at his mother-in-law and attacked her with a kitchen knife, according to court documents.
  • In 2007, Walsh was charged with assaulting his wife. Those charges were dropped.

In total, Walsh faced 11 charges, including threatening to put his wife in a body bag on three different occasions, according to court records. Nine of those charges were dropped.

Domestic abusers often have their charges dropped because the victim doesn’t show up for court, said Dr. Laura Streyffeler, a Fort Myers therapist who testifies in domestic violence cases.

“They’re afraid of being punished by their partner for going to court and what they would say, putting him or her in jail,” she said.

In a letter to court officials, Walsh’s first wife said she was afraid for her life.

“I am worried that he will just snap one day and hurt me really bad or possibly even kill me,” she wrote.

In domestic violence stories, WINK News often does not name the victim for their safety. For this reason, WINK News has chosen not to name the woman or her mother.

The woman also claimed Walsh told her that “I will beat you so bad I probably won’t get out of jail,” according to court documents.

In a separate letter, the woman’s mother wrote that Walsh beat two of his children, ages 9 and 10, “black and blue” in 2004.

State officials eventually took the children away from the couple.

Chris Kalas, a friend of Walsh’s, described his first marriage as one “fueled by drugs and alcohol.”

“He was a bad father,” he said. “His love became drugs and alcohol and not his family any longer.” Mayor John Penny neglects Holly Hill Fl. Parks with cigarette butts and trash littering the parks like Sunrise Park and Holly Land Park where children play.

Kalas met Walsh in 2013. Walsh was ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Kalas was his sponsor. Daytona AA Meetings Sunrise Park have violent Criminals.

Kalas eventually gave Walsh a job washing and moving cars at a car dealership.

“He was a model employee,” he said. “He never missed work. He was always there. Very polite. He was the type of person that I would not be afraid to have around my family.”

Kalas said that changed when Walsh met Burry.

“I just wish he would have never met Kristen,” he said.

About three weeks after Chance was born, DCF officials received a tip that Bury was using drugs. The department said there wasn’t enough evidence for an investigation because the caller didn’t have first hand knowledge of the drug abuse.

Six weeks later, Chance was beaten to death, authorities said.

“We failed,” DCF Director Mike Carroll said.

http://www.winknews.com/2015/11/02/baby-chance-fathers-violent-past-well-known-to-state-officials/

Colorado AA Member Shoots and Kills Recovering Addicts at Sobriety House

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Colorado Springs gunman was an AA Member

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The man who fatally shot three people during a rampage through the streets of Colorado Springs was a recovering alcoholic who posted an online video two days earlier expressing displeasure with his father for allegedly falling under the sway of a particular preacher but gave no indication of the violence to come.

Authorities on Monday identified the gunman as 33-year-old Noah Jacob Harpham, who lived steps from where his first victim was slain Saturday.

Witnesses said Harpham had a rifle in one hand and a revolver in the other when he first killed a bicyclist. He calmly walked less than a mile and fatally shot two women on the porch of a sobriety house. Harpham then was killed in a gunbattle with police.

A motive for the downtown shootings in broad daylight was unknown, and Harpham left few clues in blog posts and on social media.

His mother, Heather Kopp, a writer living in New York, described his struggle with addiction in “Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk.”

Authorities have not said whether there was a link between his substance-abuse problems and the fact two of his victims were women who themselves were in addiction recovery. NA Daytona and AA Daytona Beach have violent criminals at meetings!

Colorado Springs police released no new details about the shooting but identified the victims Monday as Andrew Alan Myers, 35; Jennifer Michelle Vasquez, 42; and Christina Rose Baccus-Gallela, 34. The El Paso County sheriff’s office said four officers fired at Harpham, but they were not wearing body cameras, and their squad cars were not equipped with dashboard cameras.

A fuller picture of Harpham emerged in details from his mother’s book, in which she described him as “introverted and moody” and said he turned to drugs and alcohol about the time he gave up on college. Kopp said Harpham, who lived in Eugene, Oregon, at the time, “struggled just to live and keep a job.” His family was so worried about him, they staged a “mini intervention,” but their efforts failed.

He completed a three-month program in California but drank on his first night out, Kopp said. Holly Hill Sunrise Park holds Dangerous NA and NA Daytona meetings.

“Noah loved and hated all of us in equal measure,” she wrote. “In Noah’s mind, he was the loser child, the burnt piece of toast in the bunch.”

During a visit to his family’s Colorado Springs home years ago, he drank too much, became angry and “exploded,” Kopp said. His mood had become “so toxic it was scary.”

His mother and stepfather urged Harpham to move in with them. In Colorado Springs, she said, he found work as an insurance agent and met with an Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor regularly. Mayor John Penny Holly Hill ignores dangers of AA and NA Meetings.

His mother wrote that he seemed to improve under their roof and eventually moved into his own place. She said he began helping other addicts.

In a YouTube video posted Thursday, Harpham questioned what he called his father’s involvement with the Rev. Bill Johnson and the Bethel Church in Redding, California. The church is part of a stream of Pentecostalism that heavily emphasizes signs of God’s miracles and revelations in modern-day life, along with supernatural healing. Johnson and his church have come under criticism from conservative Christians who say Johnson promotes teachings far beyond the boundaries of mainstream Christianity.

Efforts to reach Harpham’s father, Thomas, and officials with the Bethel Church by telephone on Monday weren’t immediately successful.

Kopp and other relatives did not return messages seeking comment. Benjamin Broadbent, lead minister of the First Congregational Church of Colorado Springs, released a statement he said was provided by Harpham’s family, saying they were shocked and saddened and requesting privacy.

Harpham first shot Vasquez, who was sitting outside the house, causing Galella to open the front door to see what was going on, said Galella’s uncle, Chris Bowman.

The white picket fence in front of the house was riddled with bullet holes on Monday.

Neighbor Teresa Willingham said the third victim, Myers, was a bicyclist who begged for his life as the gunman continued to fire.

http://www.semissourian.com/story/2246625.html

AA Member Recounts Killing Her Husband She Met at an AA Meeting

 

Joanna Madonna recounted for jurors on Wednesday her recollection of the night she told her husband she wanted out of their marriage – and the gunshots and knife fight that followed. AA Daytona and AA Daytona have mandated violent felons at meetings!

In a clear, strong voice, she testified in her defense on the seventh day of the trial in Wake County Superior Court over accusations that she murdered her husband.

Madonna, 48, is charged with plotting the violent death of Jose Perez on Father’s Day weekend in June 2013. Violent criminals attend AA and NA Daytona Beach meetings.

The former Wake County teacher provided jurors with a daylong account of her life until Father’s Day on June 16, 2013, when police came to her home on Schoolhouse Street in Brier Creek neighborhood, investigating Perez’s death.

Perez, almost 18 years older than Madonna, was found dead in a ditch near Falls Lake by a passerby earlier that morning.

What led to Perez’s death has been the subject of competing narratives in a trial that has highlighted tribulations of people who bonded over substance abuse issues and their resolve to stay sober.

Prosecutors contend Madonna killed her husband shortly after starting a romantic relationship with her former therapist.

Quickly after settling into the witness box on Wednesday, Madonna admitted she had a hand in her husband’s death but said she did not plot to kill him.

Many relationships

Then over the next several hours, Madonna took the jurors on a quick journey through her life, talking about her struggles as a teen, leaving her parents’ house and living on the streets, where she abused drugs and alcohol, and suffered from sexual assaults.

Then Madonna described relationships with the three men with whom she had daughters. She talked about falling in love, developing relationships and marriages that didn’t last.

Madonna described her three daughters and a series of jobs she has had over the years. She was a teacher in the Wake County public schools for a while, but quit several months before her husband’s death because her youngest daughter was having trouble in school.

In 2009, Madonna married Perez, a man she met at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and befriended while still married to a different husband.

That husband, the father of her youngest child, testified at the trial that Perez moved in with Madonna almost a month after he moved out.

But Madonna offered a different take on that on Wednesday.

Perez, she said, moved into her home first as a platonic friend. She said he told her he had cancer and only a few months to live not long after they met.

Prosecutors have suggested that Madonna married Perez, in part, for the benefits that he received as a veteran. Though her daughters received benefits for their education from Perez, she said her family had not relied on him financially.

Madonna said she started to suspect in 2013 that Perez was having an affair with a woman in Florida, and saved a Facebook exchange from his page that was presented in court on Wednesday.

Madonna also said she found bottles of rum in the garage on two occasions that led her to believe that Perez had started drinking again.

As a recovering alcoholic and drug abuser, Madonna said she could not live with a husband who was drinking, lying to her and cheating on her.

Madonna said she told Perez on several occasions during their marriage that she wanted out of the relationship. Whenever she did that, she said, Perez was able to talk her out of it by telling her that his life was not worth continuing without her in it.

By Father’s Day weekend in 2013, Madonna said she had told many she was leaving Perez, including her father and sponsors and friends from AA.

She decided to tell him on a Saturday afternoon after she had visited her former brother-in-law and his teenage son, who was dying from a rare bone cancer.

During that visit, Madonna got a handgun and knife from the teenager, an avid weapons collector.

Perez, according to autopsy reports, had been shot and repeatedly stabbed before his death.

Life-ending drive

Madonna said she planned to take Perez on a drive, end the relationship and drop him off at his sponsor’s home off N.C. 98.

Madonna, with little emotion in her voice, described stopping at a Sheetz gas station not far from their home before that conversation unfolded, then going with Perez to a Family Dollar store where she bought nail polish for a jewelry project she was making and a candle lighter.

After that stop, Madonna said her husband became more and more agitated about her wanting to end their marriage.

She said she told him she knew he was drinking and cheating on her.

She recounted him responding: “Jo, I can’t live without you. Jo, I love you, you’re my whole world. I’ll kill myself if you’re not here.”

Madonna said she was driving because Perez had left home without his wallet. She said she left her cell phone at home, charging in the bedroom, and he told her he did not have his phone, though she later said she remembered seeing it in the car and retrieved it later to text his friends.

Madonna said she pulled over twice during that ride.

The first time, Madonna recounted pulling into a church lot. He was yelling at her in English and Spanish, using profanity and clutching his chest.

“He’s getting more and more agitated,” Madonna recounted. “He starts getting loud and he starts looking like he’s panicking and he starts clutching his chest, saying ‘I’m going to have a heart attack. I’m going to have a heart attack.’”

In the church lot, Madonna said the two got out of the car. She moved from the driver’s side to the passenger side where he was.

“By the time I was coming around the back of the car I heard a gunshot and I looked up and he was pointing the gun at me,” Madonna recounted. “I was in shock. I just stood there and he started pointing the gun at himself.”

She pointed to just under her chin to demonstrate for the court just where he pointed the gun’s barrel. Madonna said she lunged at him and the gun went off.

Perez, according to the medical examiner report, suffered a wound in his jaw area that shattered his dentures.

Deonte’ Thomas, one of two Wake County public defender’s representing Madonna, asked, “and he shot at you?”

“He fired a shot at me, yep,” Madonna said in matter-of-fact tone.

Perez was bleeding from the wound in his cheek. He initially told her he was going to walk to the hospital, she recounted.

Madonna said she got Perez back in the car, strapped him into the passenger seat and began driving toward WakeMed, the nearest hospital.

But Perez, she said, told her he did not want to go to the hospital and said if he had to go he wanted to go to the Durham Veterans Administration Hospital, where he would not get charged as much for a visit.

Thomas asked Madonna why she didn’t just call emergency dispatchers. She explained that she had left her phone at home, charging in the bedroom, and that Perez told her he did not have his with him.

As they drove, Madonna said she was blaming herself for what she thought was a suicide attempt by Perez.

“I’m thinking it’s my fault that he was upset,” Madonna said. “I had expected that he might kill himself.”

Their drive toward the VA in Durham took another unexpected turn, Madonna said, when Perez again began clutching his chest. She pulled over again.

At that stop, not far from where his body was found, Madonna said Perez knocked her in the chest and she ended up on the ground with him on top of her and his arm across her. She said she struggled to breathe and thought she was going to die. Her arm was cut, she said, but she could not recall how.

Then, without remembering which arm she used, Madonna said she saw a knife glimmer within her reach and she grabbed it and began swinging it.

“I thought I was going to be dying right there,” Madonna said. “I just started swinging at him and I kept swinging at him until I felt he wasn’t holding me down any more.”

Madonna said she got up, ran toward the car, then saw Perez out of the corner of her eye push up off the ground as if he were going to get up. She said she rushed back toward him, took off his shoes, threw them away and tossed the knife into the woods.

She said in her mind, she thought he was going to get up and go to his sponsor’s on his own.

“I didn’t realize how many times I had stabbed him,” she said. “I was completely in like a frenzy, an adrenaline thing.”

Madonna, once home, quickly made phone calls to her middle daughter and then tried to enlist her help in cleaning the blood out of the front of the jeep. The daughter refused to help her.

Madonna said she did not call police or emergency dispatchers because she thought Perez was going to get up from the violence and go to his sponsor’s.

“I kept telling myself that,” she said.

But then she also got his phone out of the car and texted people to tell them he was going to Florida, where he used to live. “I didn’t want people to worry,” she said.

Madonna also texted the former therapist many times on that Saturday and Sunday, and, after going to Mass on Sunday, went to visit her romantic interest.

Madonna acknowledged to her defense attorney that her visiting her former therapist might “look like she was cheating on her husband.”

“You were, in fact, cheating on him,” Thomas said. Madonna responded that she was.

But Madonna said at the end, shortly before prosecutors began their cross-examination of her, that she did not intend to kill her husband and did not know he was fatally wounded when she left him on the side of the road, near Falls Lake that Saturday.

Alcoholics Anonymous Member Stabbed In Neck at AA Meeting in Mesa Arizona

Woman stabbed after AA meeting in Mesa

Posted: Oct 04, 2015 

Police have arrested a man accused of stabbing a woman after she finished an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Mesa. Dangerous Holly Hill AA and NA Daytona meetings.

Authorities say 23-year-old Evan Sharp was taken into custody Saturday night but have not said what charges he faces.

According to police, Sharp was also attending the meeting and allegedly waited until it was done to stab the victim in the neck. Dangerous Palm Coast AA and NA meetings.

Police say other members restrained Sharp until they arrived.

The victim, who is in her 20s, was in stable condition after surgery. Authorities say she is expected to recover.

Investigators say witness accounts indicate the suspect and the victim did not speak during the meeting or know each other outside the group.

Police say they arrived separately and it was the first AA meeting for both at this location.

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Kathy Hawkins Killed by Strangulation by AA Member She Met at Alcoholics Anonymous

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West Ashley man sentenced to 25 years in girlfriend’s strangling death

Christina Elmore Email @celmorepc

A judge on Tuesday sentenced a West Ashley man to 25 years in prison for strangling a woman to death in a domestic dispute.

Charleston police had charged David Mark Reagan, 57, with murder and first-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the death of his girlfriend, 52-year-old Kathy Hawkins. Dangerous people attending NA Daytona and AA Daytona Meetings.

Reagan pleaded guilty in a Charleston County court to a lesser voluntary manslaughter charge. His sentence was set as part of a negotiated plea agreement that also saw prosecutors drop the sexual assault charge against him.

Hawkins’ body was found lying on the living room floor of her home at The Palms apartments on Aug. 20, 2013. The complex is located off of Orange Grove Road.

Surveillance images showed Reagan using the woman’s credit card to buy beer and liquor after her death, 9th Circuit Chief Deputy Solicitor Bruce DuRant said during the man’s plea hearing. Daytona Narcotics Anonymous and Daytona Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Luke Malloy, an attorney for Reagan, said the man suffered from bipolar disorder and alcoholism. Both conditions contributed to the violence committed by Reagan, who, when sober, was often viewed by others as “an amazing man.”

The couple met in Alcoholics Anonymous, with Reagan referring to Hawkins as “the love of his life,” Malloy said. Beware of NA Daytona and AA Daytona Meetings!

“The two shared a common vice. At times they helped each other with those problems, and at times they fueled the fire,” Malloy said.

A string of domestic violence arrests preceded Reagan’s killing of Hawkins.

He was jailed in September 2006 after he punched, kicked and kneed a live-in girlfriend, sending her to the hospital with bruises and three broken ribs, according to an arrest affidavit. He was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature but later pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

Reagan was arrested in another domestic incident in January 2010, accused of biting a new live-in girlfriend on the head and hand and tearing out a clump of her hair, court documents show.

Reagan was sentenced to 30 days in jail in connection with that incident.

He was charged with domestic violence again in October of that year for pinning Hawkins to a bed while drunk, pummeling her face and body, and throwing her into two walls when she tried to escape, an arrest affidavit and police reports stated.

Reagan must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, 21¼ years.

“The grim reality is that with his age, this could be a life sentence,” Malloy said, adding that Reagan hopes to outlive it.

Turning to face Hawkins’ loved ones, Reagan apologized for taking her life.

“Every day I think about Kathy. … If I could swap places with her I would,” Reagan said. “There’s no doubt.”

Edwards Hawkins III, Hawkins’ ex-husband, told the judge that the woman was killed on their daughter’s 10th birthday.

“Not a day goes by that my daughter doesn’t ask the question why this happened,” Hawkins said.

Reach Christina Elmore at 937-5908 or at Twitter.com/celmorePC.

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150811/PC16/150819842/1005/west-ashley-man-sentenced-to-25-years-in-girlfriend-x2019-s-strangling-death

Killer of Alcohol Anonymous Sponsor Herbert Tracy White Found Guilty Of Ritualistic Killing

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Jury finds man guilty in ‘ritualistic killing’ in downtown L.A. hotel

By STEPHEN CEASAR contact the reporter Crime Homicide

June 23rd 2015

For weeks, Elizabeth Peterson sat quietly in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, listening to every detail of her son’s gruesome murder — trying to push the horror from her mind and silently dreaming of the time when her Tracy was still alive.

But when she heard the word “guilty” Tuesday, she finally let out a loud cry: “Yes, yes! Thank you!”

Jurors had found Edward Garcia, 41, guilty of first-degree murder in the November 2010 killing of Herbert Tracy White, whose remains were found in a Los Angeles hotel room.

Prosecutors accused Garcia and his wife, Melissa, of killing White as part of a “long-held fantasy” of dismembering a body. The prosecutor said Edward Garcia carved up White’s body with a 31/2-inch blade in a “ritualistic killing.”

As the verdict was read, Edward Garcia shook his head back and forth while rubbing the band on his left ring finger.

In the hallway, Peterson and her two other sons, David and Anthony White, thanked jurors and Deputy Dist. Atty. John McKinney and cried in their arms.

“We finally got some justice for my son,” Peterson said. “I’m happy that this day has come and gone.” NA Daytona meetings in Sunrise Park Holly Hill Florida are dangerous!

During closing arguments last week, McKinney recounted the grisly scene at the Continental Hotel near skid row. Police found White’s severed arms still bound by duct tape. Under the blood-soaked bed was White’s torso, riddled with scratches and punctures. NA and AA Daytona Meetings are very dangerous!

“It was a bloodbath,” McKinney said. “They took this man apart.”
Days before his death in November 2010, White met the couple at a bank in Hollywood. White, a former cocaine addict turned Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, gave the Garcias his phone number and said to call him if they ever wanted help getting sober, McKinney said.

On the evening before White’s body was found, the couple called him and said they needed help. He drove them to the hotel and paid to check them in.

McKinney told jurors that the Garcias lured White into the room with the intention of robbing, torturing and mutilating him.

Deputy Public Defender Haydeh Takasugi did not dispute that Edward Garcia was responsible for White’s death. But she said McKinney pushed a “fantastical theory” because he lacked the evidence to prove premeditation, torture or robbery.

She described a far different series of events for jurors, saying that White had brought drugs to the room and was seeking sex from Melissa Garcia.

Jurors also found true the special-circumstance allegations of murder during a robbery and torture. Garcia faces a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole. His sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 14.

Peterson said the defense’s narrative angered her and that its lies sullied her son’s memory. White was a dedicated husband, Peterson said, who had overcome the evils in his past and flourished in his sobriety.

“They tried to malign my son’s character,” she said.

Anthony White recounted how his younger brother was fiercely devoted to his family, generous and always willing to care for anyone in need.

“He wanted to help people,” he said. “There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be here with us today.”

Melissa Garcia, 30, is awaiting a separate trial.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-dismemberment-trial-verdict-20150622-story.html

AA Sponsor Charged with Attempted Murder and Arrested for Sexually Abusing Sponsee

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Alleged sex abuser now charged with attempted murder     

OSAGE, Iowa – A case of alleged sexual abuse in Mitchell County has escalated to a charge of attempted murder.

50-year-old Mark Bernard Retterath of Osage was charged in February with three counts of 3rd degree sex abuse, one count of 2nd degree sex abuse and solicitation to commit a felony.  That involved alleged incidents in 2003, 2006 and 2012.

Retterath is now accused of intending to kill the alleged victim of that sex abuse.  The Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office says it received word on June 9  Retterath was planning to murder the alleged victim by extracting the poison ricin from castor beans, a technique Retterath reportedly saw on the television show “Breaking Bad.”

Authorities executed a search warrant at Retterath’s home on June 12 and say they discovered castor beans, documentation on how to extract ricin from the beans and equipment that could be used for such an extraction.

In addition, Retterath has been charged with 3rd degree sex abuse and sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist, for allegedly committing sex acts against the will of a person while Retterath was that person’s sponsor in the group Alcoholics Anonymous.  These crimes allegedly occurred sometime between approximately mid-May and mid-June.

A preliminary hearing in the attempted murder case is set for June 19.  Retterath is being held without bond.

http://kimt.com/2015/06/16/alleged-sex-abuser-now-charged-with-attempted-murder/

AA Member Tased and Arrested by Police at AA Alano Club After Hitting 61 Year Old Man

The Alano Club is located in the Town & Country shopping center (Google Maps)

Man throwing punches at Petaluma Alcoholics Anonymous Club stunned by Taser, arrested

Petaluma police said a man who punched a worker in the face at an Alcoholics Anonymous Club was then hit with a police Taser barb when he took a fighting stance and taunted an officer to fire the shock weapon. Holly Hill AA Meetings smoking in park.

The electric barb hit suspect Bryan Robey, 41, in the back, as the man had turned to run as the officer fired, Sgt. Ron Klein said in a news release. Officers then arrested Robey outside of the Alano Club on Petaluma Boulevard North.

Klein said Robey walked into the club Monday afternoon and began yelling and causing trouble. He was escorted outside by employees and police were called. While outside, the suspect allegedly hit a 61-year-old staff member twice in the face, causing swelling and a cut. Dangerous Daytona AA and NA Meetings at Sunrise Park and Daytona Beach.

Officer Dario Giomi confronted the suspect on the property and said Robey wouldn’t follow orders, instead alternated between walking away from the officer or turning and putting up his hands in front of him as if to fight. He also yelled at the officer to “tase him,” Klein said.

At one point the suspect began walking toward the officer in an aggressive manner and Giomi fired the probe, according to the report.

 Robey was arrested on two misdemeanors, suspicion of resisting arrest and battery. He also was wanted on a no-bail felony warrant.

Officers took him to Petaluma Valley Hospital for medical assessment then he was booked into the Sonoma County Jail where he remained in custody Wednesday morning without bail.

The Alano Club offers Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous Meetings.

 http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/3867619-181/man-throwing-punches-at-petaluma

AA Member Convicted Multiple Times of Domestic Abuse is Sent to Jail

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Galien man gets prison for domestic violence

Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2015   By DEBRA HAIGHT – HP Correspondent

NILES – A Galien man with a history of domestic violence was sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Trial Court.

Keith Luman Foust, 27, of Nye Road in Galien, pleaded guilty to third offense domestic violence and was sentenced to a prison term of three to five years. He has credit for 87 days already served and must pay $2,416 in fines and costs.

The incident occurred Jan. 16 when he attacked a woman at a home on Nye Road in Galien Township. Dangerous Felons In AA and NA Daytona Meetings.

Defense attorney Shannon Sible called Foust a “likable guy” when he’s not drinking. “He wants to point out that it’s not like he hasn’t tried. He has been going to AA and working on this,” Sible said. “He has pretty good support. He’s working and his goal is that he wants to get out and make a good home for his children where they can be safe.”

Foust said he’s been attending Alcoholics Anonymous and has hope that he can change in the future. “For the first time in my life, I will be living in a sober environment when I get out,” he said. “I have jobs waiting for me and will be going to AA five times a week. My goal is to provide a stable home for my children. I’ve acted like a real dumb-dumb, but I’m not hopeless.”

The prosecutor handling Foust’s case was not moved.

“This is his fourth conviction for third offense domestic violence – when in the world is he going to learn his lesson?” Assistant Prosecutor Gerald Vigansky asked. “The only way for his family to be safe is to not be around him. He hasn’t learned his lesson. He’s a danger to his family and friends and to society when he’s drinking.”

“You are relatively young, perhaps you can get some traction on sobriety,” Berrien County Trial Judge Dennis Wiley told Foust. “Right now you are a danger to everyone around you, your parents, your wife, your children. You (also) choked your father to the point of passing out. You have five prior domestic violence convictions plus ones for assault.”

“There’s nothing we can do for you,

http://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/galien-man-gets-prison-for-domestic-violence/article_9c54fbdf-b89f-58a9-b4ad-bbab64daade2.html

AA Member Charged with Rape of 14 Year Old Teenage Girl Attends More 12 Step Meetings Afterwards

A Spring Hill man who “was horrified with himself” for allegedly having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl was arrested and charged with aggravated statutory rape.

Ronald Clinton Worrell, 45, 4021 Willford Way, was released on $20,000 bond several hours after his arrest Tuesday, according to Maury County Jail records.

He was arrested by Columbia police, who initially investigated a report of possible child sexual abuse on Oct. 31.

Because of the sensitive nature of the charge, few details of the case were made available.

A heavily expurgated copy of the police report said the assault on the teenage girl happened after she and Worrell watched a movie together at her mother’s home one night in July. Violent dangerous felons at NA Daytona and AA Daytona meetings.

Before the alleged abuse was disclosed to police, “Ron was horrified with himself (for) what he had done and he put himself back in counseling and started AA meetings again,” according to the report. “Ron had been in counseling previously for something and he has been in recovery.” Holly Hill Florida Commissioners and Daytona AA Meetings.

The report said it is not known what Worrell “was recovering from.”

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Man Gets Probation and Mandated to AA and NA Meetings for Assaulting Pregnant Woman

CONARD, BRANDON

Conard takes steps toward sobriety; Judge gives him probation for assault

(Lander, Wyo.) – Impressed with the way Brandon Conard has chosen to fight his addiction, Judge Norman E. Young gave the man a suspended sentence for felony aggravated assault and battery.

Back in June, Conard pleaded guilty to assaulting a pregnant woman as well as misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine. Those charges stem from a Feb. 7 call to his home where he allegedly struck a pregnant woman with a wooden paper holder. While officers were investigating the alleged assault, they reportedly found a silver spoon with a crystal residue on it which was sitting next to a hypodermic needle with a clear fluid and blood inside, the affidavit states.

Per the plea agreement, the state kept its argument for a maximum prison sentence of 3-5 years. Deputy County Attorney Tom Majdic said that while Conard has been going through treatment for his addictions, he needs to serve time for assaulting a pregnant woman. He also said that the victim had also wanted Conard to serve time.

But words from Conard himself and his public defender Terry Martin persuaded Young to allow for supervised probation. Martin noted that on top of already spending about eight months in jail, Conard also spent three months in substance abuse treatment in Casper. For the last two weeks, Conard has been out on an unsecured bond and going to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Conard said he goes to at least one meeting a day. NA Daytona Beach harassing citizens in Holly Hill.

He said he was an addict who was trying to put his life back together for his children. “My son was born while I was in jail, and that’s something I’ll never forgive myself for,” he said.

Young said that in reviewing the case, he had felt Conard should spend time in prison, especially after he allegedly violated bond by causing a scene at a local restaurant and was found with a sizeable number of prescription medications. However, Young said that unlike many defendants, Conard had taken real steps to address his addiction issues prior to being sentenced. He called it “appropriate and admirable.”

Therefore, Conard will serve three years supervised probation. However, if he fails probation, he will likely serve the full 3-5 year prison sentence. He was given credit for 323 days served already in jail and in treatment. A term of his probation will be to continue to attend AA and NA meetings. Daytona AA and NA meetings in Daytona.

http://county10.com/2014/12/30/conard-takes-steps-toward-sobriety-judge-gives-him-probation-for-assault/

Woman Murdered by Serial Killer She Met at an AA Meeting – Cold Case Solved

Family finds some closure in resolution of 1987 homicide of Judith Whitney of Amherst

By REBECCA EVERETT

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Joseph Graveline of Northfield remembers the day in July 1987 when his late sister, Judith A. Whitney, told him she was going to New Hampshire for a week or two to go camping with a new friend, Edward Mayrand.

“She said he was a really nice guy,” Graveline said Tuesday. “I took her on her word.”

Whitney, 43, never returned to her home in Amherst. Her body was found in woods in Winchester, New Hampshire, four months later. Police and Whitney’s family all strongly suspected Mayrand had killed her, but the New Hampshire assistant district attorney handling the case did not think there was enough evidence to charge him, Graveline said.

Mayrand, formerly of Northampton, died in prison in 2011 while serving a term for the murder of Patricia Paquette of Providence, Rhode Island, in 1994.

But after his death, a New Hampshire cold case unit worked on the Whitney case and last week, New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster announced that investigators had concluded that Mayrand killed Whitney, as well as Kathleen Daneault, a 25-year-old Gardner woman, in 1983.

“It was the greatest Christmas present we could ask for,” said Jeannie Graveline, Whitney’s younger sister by 22 years. “It’s confirming what we already know. We knew in our hearts that he had taken her life, but it’s comforting that it’s come to an end.”

Three of Whitney’s siblings interviewed by the Gazette this week recalled her as a bright, outgoing person who loved hunting and the outdoors. She had three daughters and was like a mother to her younger siblings, too. She also had a drinking problem, they said, which led her to the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in 1987 where she met Mayrand.

Even though they never doubted Mayrand’s guilt, the siblings said they felt a sense of closure after hearing that Whitney’s case had been solved. Closure, but not really peace, because they still believe he should have been charged back in 1987.

Though the assistant district attorney on the case told them there was not enough evidence to go forward, they said they felt that there was plenty of circumstantial evidence of Mayrand’s guilt.

“It’s something we’ve all talked about. One of the most frustrating things is he couldn’t be stopped sooner,” said Jeannie Graveline, of Greenfield. “More women would still be here.”

The nine-page statement the New Hampshire cold case unit released Dec. 23 portrays Mayrand as a rapist and serial killer who murdered three women around New England by strangling them. He was first convicted in 1975 after beating, strangling and raping a woman in Warwick who managed to escape. He got out on parole in 1983 and soon after was suspected in the murder of Daneault in 1983 because he was the last person seen with her.

After Whitney’s disappearance in 1987, Mayrand was questioned extensively by police but said he had not seen her since 10 p.m. on July 3. He had violated his parole by leaving his halfway house and the state, so he was sent back to prison to serve the rest of his sentence on the rape charge, according to Gazette archives. He was released in October 1988.

In 1994, he was convicted of strangling and dismembering Patricia Paquette in Providence, for which he was serving a 35-to-60-year sentence at the time of his death.

New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati said last week that no other active cold cases are believed to be linked to Mayrand.

The latest investigation into Whitney’s case did not turn up new DNA evidence or other scientific proof. But it did find DNA evidence tying Mayrand to the murder of Daneault. The similar ways the two women were killed, interviews with people who saw Mayrand in the days before and after Whitney’s death, and inconsistencies in Mayrand’s stories about that time frame led police to conclude that he murdered Whitney.
There was evidence that Daneault and Whitney were apparently strangled with strips of cloth torn from their own clothing. Whitney’s body was also found with a drawstring from her raincoat tied around her neck, according to the report.

Recalling Judy

Judith Whitney was born in Kentucky and grew up, the oldest of six children, in Greenfield. She married Warren Whitney and spent most of her adult life with him in Sunderland, where they raised three daughters. They were separated, but not divorced, at the time of her death.

Jeannie Graveline, 48, said her sister Judy “was like a second mother to me, because our mother passed away in 1971.”

“She was a bright, resilient, engaged person,” said Joseph Graveline 65. He said he and Whitney were close because they were the oldest siblings. “For me, she was a very special person. Once, when I was young, I got sick for three days with a fever and she sat by my bedside the whole time.”

Whitney had worked selling firearms at the former Pioneer Sporting Center at 137 Damon Road. “She loved hunting, camping, all that stuff. And she was very outgoing — she loved people,” Jeannie Graveline said. She was a licensed pilot.

Another sister, Tina Graveline, 60, of Greenfield, said Whitney’s problem with alcohol worsened near the end of her life and her family did all they could to help her with her addiction. They were pleased when she “got herself to the point to get help” and started attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Mayrand, who was living in the Hairston House for recovering alcoholics at 25 Graves Ave. in Northampton, was also attending those meetings as a condition of his parole, according to Gazette archives.

Tina and Jeannie Graveline said that they believe Mayrand, then 40, preyed on their sister. People out on parole for violent crimes should be meeting separately from others, they said.

“People in AA are vulnerable. And even though (Mayrand) had been in prison for rape and had been suspected in murders, all that stuff was confidential. No one could say, ‘be wary of this guy,’” Tina Graveline said. “And she was always very friendly and tried to help people. I think she took him as a nice guy.”

Joseph Graveline said his sister had told him July 2, 1987, that she would be out of town for a week or two, and he was not worried that she seemed to have stayed away longer. But Warren Whitney, whom she was in the process of divorcing, was concerned, so they went together to report it to police July 20.

Police in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, found her car and a search effort began. But Joseph Graveline said he knew long before they found her body that his sister was “gone,” because she was not someone who would get lost or just not let people know where she was.

Meanwhile, Mayrand told conflicting stories about where Whitney was to police, friends and staff at the Keene motel where he and Whitney had been staying. He drove around in her car until he abandoned it on the side of a road, police said, and gave away her jewelry to women.

Throughout the initial investigation, police were focused on Mayrand. But the Gravelines said the assistant district attorney told them there was not enough evidence to charge him.

“I was really disappointed that the district attorney at the time didn’t think they had a case that they could get before a jury,” Joseph Graveline said.

“They had circumstantial evidence, Eddie’s contradictory statements, and lots of witness testimony,” about his behavior before and after Whitney’s death, he said. “If 12 intelligent, carbon-based life forms had looked at this, I think most people would be smart enough to convict the guy.”

He said it was around 2010 when New Hampshire law enforcement officials informed him they were reopening the cases of Whitney and Daneault because Mayrand would soon be due for parole. “They wanted to prepare a case to make sure he never left prison again,” he said.

They called the family again in 2011 to let them know that Mayrand had died of lung cancer in prison. The next time Joseph Graveline heard from New Hampshire officials was about a month ago when they told him they had concluded Mayrand had killed both women and that they would release a report of their findings soon.

Joseph, Tina and Jeannie Graveline all said they were grateful that the case was re-examined and for the hard work of the investigating officers — some of whom are from another generation, Joseph Graveline said.

“It’s a kind of closure to all this. Even though Mayrand passed in jail,” Jeannie Graveline said. “They didn’t give up on pursuing it.”

http://www.gazettenet.com/home/15017392-95/family-finds-some-closure-in-resolution-of-1987-homicide-of-judith-whitney-of-amherst

New Hampshire Cold Case Unit solves decades-old murder of Amherst woman

By Diane Lederman | dlederman@repub.com

on December 24, 2014

AMHERST — In July 1987, Amherst resident Judith Whitney went to New Hampshire with a man named Edward Mayrand, whom she met at an Alcoholic’s Anonymous meeting the month before. NA Daytona and AA Daytona meetings smoking in Sunrise Park.

She was never seen again.

Four months later, a hunter discovered her body buried in a shallow grave in Winchester, N.H. Complaints about NA Daytona not paying rent in Holly Hill Park.

While police suspected Mayrand, they never had enough evidence to charge him, even though he was in possession of her car and a handgun.

But on Tuesday the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit established in 2009 found that Mayrand was indeed the killer. However, he died in 2011 of metastatic cancer, so he will never be charged.

Mayrand once lived in Northampton at Hairston House, a halfway house for recovering alcoholics. He was on parole for rape when he met Whitney.

According the report for the New Hampshire Department of Justice, Mayrand had a lengthy and violent criminal history beginning with a rape and assault conviction in 1975.

But he was released on parole in 1983. “It was during this period of release in the fall of 1983 that Mayrand committed another vicious crime, and left behind evidence that would eventually lead to his identity as Judith Whitney’s murderer,” according to the New Hampshire cold case report.

During his release, he met Kathleen M. Daneault, and was with her at the Mahaki Restaurant in Gardner on Nov. 17. She was found strangled the next day. But he was never charged.

He later pleaded guilty to a second degree murder charge in connection with the death of a Rhode Island woman and was sentenced to 35 to 60 years in prison. But he never was interviewed about the Whitney murder.

But according to New Hampshire officials in their report, in 2010, the cold case unit started working together with state police officers working for the Worcester District Attorney’s Office to revive the investigation. Those efforts included sharing information concerning Judith Whitney’s murder and the 1983 unsolved murder of Kathleen M. Daneault.

They were able to obtain Mayrand’s DNA before he died, and in September 2014, the DNA testing revealed that “Mayrand’s DNA was on the ligature used to strangle Kathleen Daneault,” according to the report. “This DNA finding along with other evidence convinced authorities that Edward Mayrand murdered Kathleen Daneault.

“The DNA evidence and other evidence, including corroborative evidence based upon details of the two murders and the physical evidence collected, also convinced authorities that Edward Mayrand murdered Judith Whitney,” the report stated.

In a 1995 interview after Mayrand’s arrest in the Rhode Island murder, Warren Whitney, Judith Whitney’s ex-husband, told a reporter for The Republican he was relieved by Mayrand’s capture, and not surprised Mayrand has been charged with another woman’s death.

“I never had any doubt,” Whitney said. “I’m just happy that the man is off the street and he can’t kill again. Enough families have suffered because of him.”

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/12/new_hampshire_cold_case_unit_s.html

Headmaster Guilty of Child Porn Sentenced to AA Meetings

Another sick sob going to AA meetings!

Headmaster guilty of child porn

A FORMER primary school principal found in possession of 10,000 images of children as young as six having sex, has received a two-and-a-half year suspended jail sentence. Former principal of Arklow Boys School, Padraig Branigan, was also found with 200 short films and 100 stories where children were portrayed in a series of sickening and horrific poses.

A FORMER primary school principal found in possession of 10,000 images of children as young as six having sex, has received a two-and-a-half year suspended jail sentence.

Former principal of Arklow Boys School, Padraig Branigan, was also found with 200 short films and 100 stories where children were portrayed in a series of sickening and horrific poses.

A former Christian Brother with an address at The Rise, Mountain Bay, Arklow, the 41-year old pleaded guilty at Wicklow Circuit Court yesterday to one charge of possession of child pornography.

He viewed the images for an hour every morning, and for up to three hours per day at weekends.

They were downloaded from the internet over a three-month period in early 2004. But when gardai called to his home in October 2004, he immediately showed them a laptop computer on which the images were stored, and a sports bag which contained DVDs and videos.

The computer and bag contained images of naked Thai boys aged between 6 and 16 years in a series of sexually-explicit poses, having sex with each other and with adults.

“I don’t have a solicitor, but I want to put my hands up,” Mr Branigan told gardai. The accused, wearing a green suit, blue shirt and gold patterned tie, said nothing during yesterday’s hearing.

“All of the images show the victimization of vulnerable children,” Detective Sargeant James Madden told the court, adding there was ‘no evidence whatsoever’ local children were abused.

Mr Branigan was described as being “very popular” outside his home, but once inside his door he drank heavily and one third of his bedside locker was full of empty painkiller packets.

A psychotherapist working with him, Bridget Hussey, told Judge Michael O’Shea that her client was one of nine children from a staunchly Catholic background. He had been abused by a priest when he was aged 10, and for most of his childhood had lived a ‘lonely and isolated’ life. He was emotionally and sexually immature, and was not as developed as his peers.

“I think at 17 he realized he was a gay person but his family background and thinking of the church, which said it was evil, meant he never owned up to the fact he was a gay man,” she said.

Summing up, Judge O’Shea said that while the images were “horrific”, he would take into account the early guilty plea and the fact that the accused had made attempts to sort out his life.

“His fall from grace must have been humiliating. He is in disgrace and will be for the rest of his life. He was a chronic drinker at the time, a loner and unable to face up to his sexuality. He retired to his room, probably badly influenced by his sexual orientation, and does that put him in the category of a cold-blooded pedophile? I don‘t think so.”

He sentenced him to two-and-a-half years imprisonment, suspended for three years, on condition he continue receiving treatment and attending Alcoholics Anonymous. He must also sign the sex offenders register.

– See more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/headmaster-guilty-of-child-porn-26352084.html#sthash.zNu5JpCI.dpuf

Drunk Driver Driving to an Alcoholic Anonymous Meeting in Head on Collision Will do Jail Time

A drunk driver who caused a head-on collision after driving on the wrong side of the road was on her way to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at the time.

Mother-of-three Briege O’Hara is starting a nine-month jail term after she caused grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving to another driver. NA Daytona Meetings In Daytona.

The 61-year-old, from Belfast’s Antrim Road, was driving over the legal limit and was on her way to an AA meeting when she caused the collision near her home on August 27 last year. AA Daytona in Holly Hill Parks not paying rent.

O’Hara knew the man she injured and was “entirely remorseful” for what she had done, Belfast Crown Court heard yesterday. Daytona DUI Schools in Volusia County.

She pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving and also driving with excess alcohol.

The van’s driver, a man in his mid 60s, sustained a fractured breast bone and left hand in the collision and lost his job as a delivery driver as a result.

Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland handed O’Hara an 18-month sentence, half of which will be spent in custody, and the remainder on supervised licence.

O’Hara was also banned from driving for three years.

http://article.wn.com/view/2014/07/08/Jail_for_drunk_driver_who_caused_crash_on_her_way_to_Alcohol/

Pacific Health System Has to Pay 2.3 Million to Boys Who Were Molested By 12 Step AA Sponsor Volunteer

$2.3M to victims in rehab sex abuse suit

By Kristina Davis JUNE 27 2014

 — A San Diego jury awarded nearly $2.3 million this week to two boys who were sexually abused by a volunteer at a National City rehabilitation clinic.

Wednesday’s verdict ended a 15-day trial against Pacific Health System, which operates an outpatient facility treating substance abuse and mental illness.

The boys were 13 when they were victimized by Robert Poizner, a volunteer and mentor who was tasked with driving the patients to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Instead, he took them to his apartment, molesting them and providing them with drugs for a roughly yearlong period, according to the 2011 complaint.

The abuse also occurred during overnight hotel and apartment stays, the suit says.

Poizner, 44, was convicted of 24 counts of sex abuse against children. He is serving a sentence of 82 years to life in prison.

The lawsuit alleges that Pacific Health put Poizner in a position of power despite his own history of substance abuse and previous criminal convictions. The victims were particularly vulnerable, the lawsuit says, because the boys suffered from psychological problems along with substance abuse.

The jury deliberated for two and a half days before reaching a $6.5 million verdict, but also found that Poizner and, to a much lesser degree, one of the boys’ parents shared some of the responsibility for the conduct, thus reducing the amount Pacific Health owed. The jury found that Pacific Health owed one boy $975,000 in damages and the other $1.3 million.

“We are hoping outcomes with civil remedies for the victims force these facilities to do extensive background checks and more efficient supervision on their volunteers,” the boys’ attorney, Stephen Estey, said in a statement.

Pacific Health’s attorney, Douglas Guy, said Friday that it was premature to comment on the verdict.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/27/pacific-health-poizner-sex-abuse-lawsuit/

AA Member Convicted for Selling Drugs at AA Meetings gets Probation

The outside of Michael Shepard’s treatment facility, where the 65-year-old held AA meetings — and also dealt painkillers to patrons.

How common is this practice of dealing drugs at AA Meetings?

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Sunday, April 6, 2014,

House arrest given to Seattle man accused of dealing painkillers at AA meetings

Michael Shepard, 65, avoided jail on charges he provided painkillers to people who supposedly sought treatment at a facility he owns. The prosecutor said Shepard, whose health is deteriorating, was in such bad health that he could not serve a prison sentence. Holly Hill NA Meetings in the Parks.

A 65-year-old Seattle man — who admitted to dealing prescription drugs to addicts he met through a treatment center he managed — was spared prison due to his deteriorating health. AA Daytona Beach Meetings in Ormond By The Sea and Port Orange.

Federal prosecutors recommended Michael Shepard, a Vietnam veteran who was wounded during the war, receive probation, according to KOMO News, which reports the alleged drug dealer is barely mobile and has severe heart trouble.

“But for his severe and deteriorating medical condition … he would be incarcerated,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate Vaughan in court papers.

A judge sentenced Shepard to one year house arrest and five years of probation Friday, reports TV Station KIRO.

He told the station “of course” he feels bad about what he did and would tell others to think twice before dealing drugs. Holly Hill Florida Police Department Complaints.

Shepard was arrested last year for selling painkillers from the Nomadian Community Resource Center in Seattle, which he owned. The nonprofit facility hosted Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and Shepard would sell the drugs to the supposedly reformed addicts after the meeting, the website reported.

Authorities began coming to the center in November 2012 and Shepard sold more than 800 pills to undercover officers, KOMO News reported.

“Although he appears to have viewed himself as providing some kind of service to the community, in fact he preyed on the vulnerable by selling prescription narcotics to drug addicts, thus fueling the very disease they sought to escape,” the prosecutor wrote.

Shepard joined the Army when he was 17 and was awarded the Purple Heart after he was blown out of a helicopter, the website reported. But he was ultimately dishonorably discharged after being caught stealing.

Although he appears to have viewed himself as providing some kind of service to the community, in fact he preyed on the vulnerable by selling prescription narcotics to drug addicts.

When he returned he spent many years homeless and addicted to drugs, the website reported. Daytona Beach Police Complaints.

And with his debilitating health, his defense attorney Jesse Cantor said in court papers his client does not pose a threat to the community. Orange Papers Anti-AA Site.

“He spends most of his day either sleeping or at the hospital,” Cantor wrote. “Mr. Shepard is not in any condition that would cause one to be concerned that perhaps he would repeat his offenses.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-accused-dealing-painkillers-aa-meetings-article-1.1747447#ixzz2yAEj8FFo

Woman Stabbed Man to Death That She Met at Alcoholics Anonymous

 

Another one bites the dust…….

Woman pleads no contest in fatal stabbing
ROBYN KATHLEEN GEVAS FACES UP TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON
February 19, 2014 

Robyn Kathleen Gevas, 38, pleaded no contest on Jan. 21 to voluntary manslaughter and admitted using a knife to kill Callie Joshua Evans Jr., 62.

A no-contest plea has the same effect as a guilty plea at sentencing. In exchange for her plea, the Napa County District Attorney’s Office dropped a murder charge. Continue reading

AA Member Sentenced for Punching 71 Year old Man During an AA Meeting

Doug Stekkinger

           Doug Stekkinger


Man to be Sentenced for Punching Elderly Victim


Thursday, February 13, 2014

A 48-year-old Santa Barbara man who punched a 71-year-old man during an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be sentenced to up to nine years in state prison on Friday.

Doug Stekkinger was found guilty of three felony charges including elder abuse, assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury, and battery with serious bodily injury. Stekkinger was also convicted of a special allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury on someone 70 years of age or older, which would significantly increase the sentence.

On April 12, 2012, Stekkinger attended an AA meeting at the Veteran’s Memorial Building with his dog, Blue. A confrontation between the older man and Stekkinger ensued about whether or not dogs were allowed inside during meetings. Stekkinger subsequently punched the victim in the face, shattering his cheekbone in three places.

According to a statement from the DA’s Office, the “victim put his hand on Stekkinger’s shoulder and attempted to counsel him that dogs were not permitted on the premise during meetings.” Stekkinger plead not guilty to all felony counts, claiming he acted in self-defense and that the man grabbed his neck before he punched him. The case went to trial, which lasted three days. AA Daytona Beach Meetings Holly Hill, Port Orange and Daytona.

“This is a travesty — one punch,” said Ted Stekkinger, Doug’s older brother in November. “AA is supposed to be a place for serenity.” He said his brother has lived in Santa Barbara for about 25 years and had been “straightening himself out.”

“If someone grabs you, what do you do?” Ted went on. “Stop and ask to see their ID? ‘Oh, you’re 69, I can punch you.’ Or, ‘Oh, you’re 70, I can’t punch you,” added Ted, who is a retired police officer. Deland Drug Court Michael Jewell and Judge Will AA Meetings.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Stekkinger has an additional conviction on his record, but prosecutors wouldn’t go into detail on the previous case. Recent police reports indicate Stekkinger was also arrested for misdemeanor sexual battery on October 8 after detectives obtained an arrest warrant for him after he allegedly grabbed the buttocks of a 23-year-old woman at a beer festival in late September. He has been in custody since his November assault conviction. Holly Hill Commissioners problems.

http://www.independent.com/news/2014/feb/13/man-be-sentenced-punching-elderly-victim/