SANDIEGO – Four of the five men who faced murder charges in the death of a professional surfer in La Jolla last year pleaded guilty Friday to lesser felonies, in a case that sparked interest and outrage in the beach community.
Eric House, 21, Orlando Osuna, 23, and Matthew Yanke, 21, all pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter during a court hearing. Henri “Hank” Hendricks, 22, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact.
(photo from the San Diego Union Tribune...the now-guilty defendants with their legal eagles)
The 5th "Bird Rock Bandit" has decided that he'll roll the dice:
The fifth defendant, Seth Cravens, has chosen to go to trial in connection with the beating death of Emery Kauanui Jr., who died several days after fighting with the men outside his mother's home.
Cravens, 22, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, assault and battery. His trial date is set for Aug. 22.
La Jolla is safer today now that these poseur surfers and wanna-be gangstas will be spending some time behind bars:
According to the terms of the plea bargains, House now faces a maximum sentence of three years and six months in prison. Osuna, who in addition to manslaughter pleaded guilty to three counts of misdemeanor battery, could be sentenced to up five years and six months.
Yanke also pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor battery and faces a maximum of three years and six months in prison.
Hendricks, a former University of New Hampshire quarterback, could be sentenced to a three-year prison term, according to prosecutors. However, the judge said he would not oppose reducing the charge to a misdemeanor after two years of probation.
For all of you gutless turds who keep leaving your profanity-filled anonymous comments in defending these morons, what do you say now? Don't give me that crap that their lawyers are spinning...i.e. that they took the deal because they really weren't guilty, but wanted to end the possibility of a jury making a mistake. They are going to jail (with the possible exception of Hendricks).
Look at the photo of them in their expensive suits as they sit before the judge...especially Osuna (sitting in the center). Osuna doesn't look anything like this characature from his My Space page:
Now Osuna and his buddies will be "rolling" in jail.
Wish to comment? Remember, I do NOT post anonymous comments. You can make a name up and if you are articulate enough to leave your comment without a string of profanities (gee..."friends" of these guys use profanity?...who knew?) I'll leave your comment up.