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Teen pleads guilty to murdering California Highway Patrol officer
modbee ^ | 12-6-04

Posted on 12/06/2004 5:54:22 PM PST by LouAvul

POMONA, Calif. (AP) - A 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty Monday to murdering a California Highway Patrol officer who was gunned down as he stood outside the Pomona courthouse in April.

Valentino Mitchell Arenas pleaded guilty to first-degree murder of Officer Thomas Steiner and admitted the special circumstances of murder of a police officer, lying in wait and murder during a drive-by shooting, said Deputy District Attorney Linda Loftfield.

The plea was entered before West Covina Superior Court Judge Thomas Falls as jury selection for trial was under way.

Arenas also admitted the special allegations of personal use of a handgun to commit the crime and that the killing was "for the benefit of, at the direction of, and in association with a criminal street gang with the specific intent to promote, further and assist in criminal conduct by gang members."

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The rest of the article says the max this punk can get is life. If I say what I'm thinking about everything surrounding this story I'll get flamed.
1 posted on 12/06/2004 5:54:23 PM PST by LouAvul
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To: LouAvul

Time to run some special ops against his street gang...

imo


2 posted on 12/06/2004 5:58:55 PM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: LouAvul

If I say what I mean, I'll get suspended again, or banned, finally. Dammit!
Flamed? Least of your worries, LA.

The LEO is still dead, pal. The subhuman, murderous POS is laughing at us all, dammit!


3 posted on 12/06/2004 6:03:37 PM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: LouAvul

"The rest of the article says the max this punk can get is life."

I guess that was the plea bargain. Otherwise the two (three?) special circumstances would bring death. Although I understand "lying in wait" is a term of art in Cali law, it does seem contradictory with "murder during a drive-by shooting"


4 posted on 12/06/2004 6:05:48 PM PST by jocon307 (Jihad is world wide. Jihad is serious business. We ignore global jihad at our peril.)
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I guess that was the plea bargain. Otherwise the two (three?) special circumstances would bring death.

Didn't the liberal majority on the SCOTUS say you couldn't provide full justice to 16 year olds?

5 posted on 12/06/2004 6:41:14 PM PST by PAR35
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To: LouAvul

Article Published: Saturday, May 08, 2004 - 8:23:28 PM PST

Thomas Steiner: Good man's life taken

http://www.dailybulletin.com/Stories/0,1413,203%257E31677%257E2136809,00.html

6 posted on 12/06/2004 7:56:14 PM PST by Daaave ( I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it.)
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To: LouAvul

Must be some gang; used to be a wino was enough.


7 posted on 12/06/2004 7:58:08 PM PST by Old Professer (The accidental trumps the purposeful in every endeavor attended by the incompetent.)
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To: LouAvul

I don't have any problems executing a 16 year old for cold blooded murder, no problem whatsoever. A civilized society requires it.


8 posted on 12/06/2004 9:26:49 PM PST by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON)
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To: jocon307

What I surmise is that the killer was "lying in wait" in the car until he saw the officer outside the courthouse, at which point he either drove the car within range or had his driver do so.


9 posted on 12/06/2004 9:33:52 PM PST by Bonaparte (Of course, it must look like an accident...)
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To: Old Professer
Pomona 12th Street gang
10 posted on 12/06/2004 10:16:03 PM PST by LNewman
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To: LouAvul

Is this really a "16-year-old boy", or is it just a filthy piece-of-schumer Mexican crack gang insect?

We've had a couple of cops shot up here by the latter... for my money they should be taken up over Mexico City in a helicopter and "Dropped Off" from 1500 feet, suitably tagged for identification and philosphical debate by the residents below...


11 posted on 12/06/2004 10:28:03 PM PST by fire_eye (Socialism is the opiate of academia.)
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