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Murder suspects hop fence near Carlsbad lagoon

Since they were arrested more than two years ago, in March of 2019, both defendants have seen their lead attorneys changed, and the judge who was assigned their trial has changed, and the prosecutor has changed. Also, District Attorney Summer Stephan made the decision that Ian Forrester Bushee, 39, will not face a possible Death Penalty, but his co-defendant Malissa Deanna James, 29, does face the possibility of the Death Penalty if she is convicted. Murder during burglary and murder during robbery, mayhem, and torture all make this a special circumstance case. Both defendants plead not-guilty. Honorable judge Robert Kearney has been hearing pre-trial motions since Hon. judge Amalia Meza recused herself (the exact reason is unclear, although judge Meza has made it known she is married to a District Attorney’s investigator). Prosecutor Nicole Rooney withdrew from the case in April 2021, and she is no longer with the San Diego DA’s office. Senior prosecutor Bill Mitchell is now the only prosecutor, and he declined to give details of Rooney’s departure. Daniel Segura was recently selected as a Superior Court judge by California Governor Gavin Newsom, Segura was sworn to the bench last week. Second defense chair Lindsay Itzhaki is now counsel for defendant Malissa James until the Public Defenders’ office assigns a new senior attorney. Matt Mohun now leads the defense team for Ian Bushee, and John Patterson is second chair. The expected trial date of late January 2022 has not been changed, so far. It appears the two defendants will be tried together, their cases will not be separated into different trials. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2021...
— September 17, 2021 12:34 p.m.

Mom carried him into Escondido's Learning Jungle

Terra Gene Brinkmeier, 36, made a plea deal at her last court appearance, on August 30 2021. She “pled guilty to the sheet,” as lawyers say, admitting all charges and allegations, that is felony child abuse and causing great bodily injury on her own 3 year old son. On the plea deal paperwork she admits, “willfully and unlawfully under circumstances likely to produce great bodily injury injured the person of a child. I personally inflicted great bodily injury on a child under the age of five.” Terra could have gotten twelve years in prison, but in the deal she agrees to 180 days local time, and she might even get CPAC, if she qualifies. That is San Diego County sheriff’s County Parole Alternative Custody system, which is a kind of electronic home confinement, a sort of surveillance program, this supposedly only available if the felony conviction was not serious or violent, intended so the convicted felon can keep her job and only travel to and from work, this also intended to relieve crowding in the jails. The fees paid are not refundable. She will have to submit to chemical tests, and her roommates must be approved in advance, and Terra could be removed from the CPAC program without court order and taken into custody if she is found in violation. The signature of Terra Brinkmeier is not legible on the form. Her defense attorney Adele Lopez and prosecutor Patricia Lavermicocca and judge Michael Washington signed the deal. Her sentencing is set for September 29 at 1:30 pm, in Dept 5 before the same judge who accepted the deal. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2021...
— September 7, 2021 3:22 p.m.

Parolee runs over motorcycle cop in Oceanside

Today, on the day of sentencing for his re-trial, Roberto Flores refused to come into the courtroom, instead he was in an adjoining room where he could hear, the judge said. Both the cop who survived, Brad Hunter, and his wife Vanessa spoke to the judge before sentence was pronounced. Mrs. Hunter said she let her guard down because her husband was so near the end of his police career, so she was shocked when she got that phone call informing her that her husband had been injured and he was being helicoptered to hospital. But they both rebounded, she said, “My husband is not just a survivor, he is a thriver.” And she addressed the man who tried to kill her husband, “Roberto, as soon as I learned that you did this on purpose, I sought to negate your evil in this world.” She said she organized a blood drive with the Oceanside police, and they collected more than 300 pints of blood. “I sought to save lives, because you tried to kill my husband that day!” Both Mr. and Mrs. Hunter sat through the second trial, they were present in the gallery each day. They both despaired that Roberto never expressed any remorse. She said, “I think you are more evil today than the day you tried to kill my husband!” And, “I have not forgiven you for trying to kill my husband, I will work on that while you are in prison.” Mrs. Hunter asked the judge, “Please protect my family and the community from him, and sentence him to the maximum.” Brad Hunter said “My scars are still very graphic in appearance” and his wife revealed that people who see his scars always ask, “Is that a shark bite?” The survivor cop told the judge, “I have no doubt that given another opportunity, Mister Flores will try to kill another cop, perhaps with a better plan and a different outcome.” Honorable judge Carlos O. Armour did give Roberto Flores the maximum sentence, 28 years to Life. He remarked that it was a “cowardly attack” when Flores drove his car into the cop, who was standing in the street and speaking to another person at that moment. After the sentencing, tireless prosecutor Keith Watanabe released a statement, “I’m thankful that we finally brought justice to officer Hunter and the entire law enforcement family.”  http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2021...
— September 7, 2021 1:46 p.m.

29 years in jail for failed attempt to kill O’side cop

Today, on the day of sentencing for his re-trial, Roberto Flores refused to come into the courtroom, instead he was in an adjoining room where he could hear, the judge said. Both the cop who survived, Brad Hunter, and his wife Vanessa spoke to the judge before sentence was pronounced. Mrs. Hunter said she let her guard down because her husband was so near the end of his police career, so she was shocked when she got that phone call informing her that her husband had been injured and he was being helicoptered to hospital. But they both rebounded, she said, “My husband is not just a survivor, he is a thriver.” And she addressed the man who tried to kill her husband, “Roberto, as soon as I learned that you did this on purpose, I sought to negate your evil in this world.” She said she organized a blood drive with the Oceanside police, and they collected more than 300 pints of blood. “I sought to save lives, because you tried to kill my husband that day!” Both Mr. and Mrs. Hunter sat through the second trial, they were present in the gallery each day. They both despaired that Roberto never expressed any remorse. She said, “I think you are more evil today than the day you tried to kill my husband!” And, “I have not forgiven you for trying to kill my husband, I will work on that while you are in prison.” Mrs. Hunter asked the judge, “Please protect my family and the community from him, and sentence him to the maximum.” Brad Hunter said “My scars are still very graphic in appearance” and his wife revealed that people who see his scars always ask, “Is that a shark bite?” The survivor cop told the judge, “I have no doubt that given another opportunity, Mister Flores will try to kill another cop, perhaps with a better plan and a different outcome.” Honorable judge Carlos O. Armour did give Roberto Flores the maximum sentence, 28 years to Life. He remarked that it was a “cowardly attack” when Flores drove his car into the cop, who was standing in the street and speaking to another person at that moment. After the sentencing, tireless prosecutor Keith Watanabe released a statement, “I’m thankful that we finally brought justice to officer Hunter and the entire law enforcement family.”  http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2021...
— September 7, 2021 1:41 p.m.

Roberto Flores' phone call behind his illegal weapon charge

Today, on the day of sentencing for his re-trial, Roberto Flores refused to come into the courtroom, instead he was in an adjoining room where he could hear, the judge said. Both the cop who survived, Brad Hunter, and his wife Vanessa spoke to the judge before sentence was pronounced. Mrs. Hunter said she let her guard down because her husband was so near the end of his police career, so she was shocked when she got that phone call informing her that her husband had been injured and he was being helicoptered to hospital. But they both rebounded, she said, “My husband is not just a survivor, he is a thriver.” And she addressed the man who tried to kill her husband, “Roberto, as soon as I learned that you did this on purpose, I sought to negate your evil in this world.” She said she organized a blood drive with the Oceanside police, and they collected more than 300 pints of blood. “I sought to save lives, because you tried to kill my husband that day!” Both Mr. and Mrs. Hunter sat through the second trial, they were present in the gallery each day. They both despaired that Roberto never expressed any remorse. She said, “I think you are more evil today than the day you tried to kill my husband!” And, “I have not forgiven you for trying to kill my husband, I will work on that while you are in prison.” Mrs. Hunter asked the judge, “Please protect my family and the community from him, and sentence him to the maximum.” Brad Hunter said “My scars are still very graphic in appearance” and his wife revealed that people who see his scars always ask, “Is that a shark bite?” The survivor cop told the judge, “I have no doubt that given another opportunity, Mister Flores will try to kill another cop, perhaps with a better plan and a different outcome.” Honorable judge Carlos O. Armour did give Roberto Flores the maximum sentence, 28 years to Life. He remarked that it was a “cowardly attack” when Flores drove his car into the cop, who was standing in the street and speaking to another person at that moment. After the sentencing, tireless prosecutor Keith Watanabe released a statement, “I’m thankful that we finally brought justice to officer Hunter and the entire law enforcement family.”  http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2021...
— September 7, 2021 1:38 p.m.

Middle-aged cops were alleged targets of rage

Today, on the day of his sentencing, Roberto Flores refused to come into the courtroom, instead he was in an adjoining room where he could hear, the judge said. Both the cop who survived, Brad Hunter, and his wife Vanessa spoke to the judge before sentence was pronounced. Mrs. Hunter said she let her guard down because her husband was so near the end of his police career, so she was shocked when she got that phone call informing her that her husband had been injured and he was being helicoptered to hospital. But they both rebounded, she said, “My husband is not just a survivor, he is a thriver.” And she addressed the man who tried to kill her husband, “Roberto, as soon as I learned that you did this on purpose, I sought to negate your evil in this world.” She said she organized a blood drive with the Oceanside police, and they collected more than 300 pints of blood. “I sought to save lives, because you tried to kill my husband that day!” Both Mr. and Mrs. Hunter sat through the second trial, they were present in the gallery each day. They both despaired that Roberto never expressed any remorse. She said, “I think you are more evil today than the day you tried to kill my husband!” And, “I have not forgiven you for trying to kill my husband, I will work on that while you are in prison.” Mrs. Hunter asked the judge, “Please protect my family and the community from him, and sentence him to the maximum.” Brad Hunter said “My scars are still very graphic in appearance” and his wife revealed that people who see his scars always ask, “Is that a shark bite?” The survivor cop told the judge, “I have no doubt that given another opportunity, Mister Flores will try to kill another cop, perhaps with a better plan and a different outcome.” Honorable judge Carlos O. Armour did give Roberto Flores the maximum sentence, 28 years to Life. He remarked that it was a “cowardly attack” when Flores drove his car into the cop, who was standing in the street and speaking to another person at that moment. After the sentencing, tireless prosecutor Keith Watanabe released a statement, “I’m thankful that we finally brought justice to officer Hunter and the entire law enforcement family.”
— September 7, 2021 1:35 p.m.

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