People v. Deborah M. Defendant, an elementary school principal, and her husband, a sheriff with Los Angeles County, were arrested and charged with felony conspiracy to commit child abuse and misdemeanor child abuse. The allegations included punishing their 13 year old son by making him sleep outside on the dog blanket, pouring cold water on him to wake him in the morning, moving piles of bricks from one side of the yard to the other and back again, not being able to eat meals in the house with other family members, and putting dog feces in his school backpack when he failed to pick up after the dog. After jury trial defendant was found not guilty of the felony charge and the misdemeanor charge was dismissed.
People v. Cameron W. Defendant was an employee of a pharmacy. He was caught on tape stealing medications from the business on several occasions. Defendant admitted to police that he entered the business on several occasions with the intent to steal. He was arrested and charged with felony 2nd degree burglary. Case reduced to misdemeanor and no jail time. Felony burglary dismissed.
People v. Angel H. Defendant enters DMV and fills out application for new driver’s license using different name than previously used. Form signed under penalty of perjury that name is correct. Defendant charged with felony perjury and felony 2nd degree burglary (entering commercial building to commit felony perjury). Defendant admits misdemeanor charge of trespassing and no jail time. Perjury and burglary charges dismissed.
People v. William S. Defendant rams the back end of another vehicle at speed of about 60 miles per hour on freeway. He later confesses to police that he wanted to kill the passengers in the victim vehicle. Defendant arrested and charged with attempted murder and felony assault (his car being the deadly weapon). Investigation revealed defendant suffering from mood swings due to harmful combination of medications. Defendant admitted misdemeanor hit and run violation. Attempted murder and felony assault charges dismissed.
People v. Henry P. Defendant, as a joke, points a firearm at a female co-worker at their workplace, and utters threatening words. The incident gets reported to supervisors at work and then to police. Defendant arrested and charged with felony assault. Felony assault dismissed.