Skip to comments.Cosmetics Heir Begins 124-Year Sentence
Posted on 06/20/2003 7:57:36 AM PDT by bedolido
Convicted Rapist and Cosmetics Heir Andrew Luster Begins 124-Year Prison Term Following Capture
LOS ANGELES June 20 Cosmetics heir and former fugitive Andrew Luster began serving a 124-year sentence he had dodged for months by fleeing to Mexico after his conviction for drugging and raping three women.
The FBI put the 39-year-old great-grandson of Hollywood makeup legend Max Factor aboard a plane in Mexico and flew him back to California on Thursday, a day after he was captured by bounty hunters.
Luster, who fled the country just days before the verdict five months ago, was arrested by Mexican police after he scuffled with the bounty hunters near a taco stand in the beach resort of Puerto Vallarta.
Luster's attorney said his client has always insisted that he is innocent and that he had consensual sex with the women.
The former fugitive was taken to Wasco State Prison in central California, where prison spokesman Troy Ojeda said he would spend about 90 days in a processing center. During that time officials will decide which prison to send him to permanently.
Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said she couldn't speculate if Luster would be transferred to another prison, but added that a number of factors will be considered, including his former fugitive status and the amount of publicity surrounding his case.
Luster's attorney said he would file a challenge to an appellate court ruling that Luster had forfeited his right to appeal his conviction by becoming a fugitive.
Authorities said Luster, who lived off a trust fund and real estate investments, took three women to his seaside home at Mussel Shoals, northwest of Los Angeles, between 1996 and 2000 and attacked them after giving them the so-called date-rape drug GHB. Some of the encounters were videotaped.
After he jumped his $1 million bail in January, a Ventura County Superior Court jury convicted him of multiple counts of rape, poisoning and drug possession.
Luster was staying at a $34-a-night hotel next door to a police station in Puerto Vallarta when he left his room before dawn Wednesday to order tacos from a street vendor and was confronted by the bounty hunters.
Mexican police responding to reports of a brawl early Wednesday caught up with the bounty hunters and took Luster and his captors into custody.
Bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman and four associates, including Chapman's son and grandson, remained in custody in Mexico, where bounty hunting is considered kidnapping.
An American couple who had met Luster in Puerto Vallarta saw his picture on television after returning home and had tipped off the FBI and a bounty hunter, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Bosley.
Authorities said the FBI had an agent en route to the Pacific resort where Luster apparently spent the last month when the bounty hunters got to him first.
His mother was on 48 hours last week claiming he'd been railroaded. I wonder if she watched the horrid videos of her son's activities with the unconscious women?
And Mexico is holding the bounty hunters? For capturing a US fugitive and bringing him to justice. They consider it kidnapping? How can we seriously entertain the thoughts of considering Mexico an equal when their vision of justice is this twisted? What are the prospects for these bounty hunters? Are they looking at serious time? Anyone know?
You can't make up stuff like this. The name certainly fits the crime.
He's an idiot for getting caught and doing the crimes in the first place but recording his crime on vidio, that goes beyond being just an idiot. Descustingly sick fits! He'll probably need to use his money to buy protection from some of those he now shares his life with.