Skip to comments.No Deal Friday For 'Chili Finger' Couple
Posted on 08/27/2005 12:37:37 PM PDT by freespirited
Aug. 26 (BCN) - The Las Vegas couple accused of planting a piece of human finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili did not get a plea deal today despite their attorneys spending more than an hour discussing the case with a judge.
The attorneys for Anna Ayala, 39, and her husband Jaime Placencia, 43, have spent the past two days seeking a plea deal for the couple from Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Edward Davila. This morning Davila halted the talks and asked for more information about the facts of the case, according to Deputy District Attorney David Boyd.
"The court wants more information," Boyd said.
Boyd would not elaborate on what type of information Davila was seeking. Prosecutors have said they oppose any plea deal or reduced sentence for the pair. Ayala is facing a maximum possible sentence of nine years and eight months in prison. Placencia is facing more than 13 years in prison but he has additional, unrelated charges against him for allegedly failing to pay child support.
While prosecutors are seeking the maximum sentences for Ayala and Placencia, under California law Davila has wide latitude in the sentence he can impose.
The couple allegedly sought to swindle money out of the fast food chain by planting a piece of human finger in a bowl of chili that Ayala ordered at the Wendy's on Monterey Road in San Jose on March 22.
Authorities focused on the couple after learning that they had filed multiple lawsuits seeking money from big businesses prior to the Wendy's incident. Investigators ultimately traced the piece of finger to a former co-worker of Placencia's who claims to have sold it to him.
The parties are scheduled to return to Davila's courtroom on Sept. 9.
I hope Wendy's sues these two for everything they are worth.
These vermin will go to jail. The crooked shysters they worked with in the scam will go free. No justice.
That would probably amount to about the court costs. It wouldn't be worth the effort.
I hope that Judge Davila gives them the finger!
Sorry....I just couldn't resist....
Sounds like they bit off more than they could chew! :-)
They are probably worth nothing - so, how about Wendy's sues them for everything they can scam in the future. Instead of all future earning - all future scammings.
I don't think she was able to make her bail.
During the initial investigation it was mentioned that she was actually quite well off from the proceeds of her previous lawsuits. Lets just hope all of her assets were frozen before she could put them in her family's name. Of course, once she gets her liars, err lawyers bill she will probably be broke.
Well certainly, if she has anything to take, she ought to fork it over. Maybe in the criminal proceedings, Wendy's will be awarded restitution, so a civil lawsuit will be unnecessary.
Normally these two creeps would have slithered by our justice system. But with the Wendy's scam costing millions of dollars the full firepower of the law is being trained on them for their past frauds and crimes they thought they had successfully pulled off
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