By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
The Orange County district attorney's office offered Carmona a new deal: if he pled guilty to felony vandalism, he would receive only 90 days in jail. But Carmona refused to take the deal.
"I think it's B.S.," Carmona said. "For something like that, it should be a misdemeanor and I should pay a fine. It's not like I tried to rob somebody or burglarize the car. I just keyed the car and gave it a small dent. The prosecutor said I got off easy for those two strikes and I'm like, 'What the hell? I didn't do nothing. Should I have done two years in prison for something I didn't do?'"
Susan Schroeder, a spokesperson for the DA's office, denied Carmona was being treated harshly. "I can tell you that Mr. Carmona is being treated like everybody else under the same circumstances," Schroeder said. "We're not picking on him."
At press time, the DA's office continued to insist that Carmona plead guilty to felony vandalism, a charge that could get him 90 days in jail. Carmona has so far refused that offer, and his mother thinks its unfair, given that he's already spent two years in prison thanks to a wrongful conviction—and five days in jail on this charge because his criminal record hadn't been wiped clean. Last week, she suggested an alternative: "You know what? Arthur's needed anger-management classes since the day he got out of prison."
Carmona agrees he's been an angry guy since spending two years in state prison for a crime he didn't commit.
"Hell, yeah, I'm angry," he said. "I'm hella pissed off. That's never going to go away."