In Feb. 2010, Milorad Olic, 43, told his elderly father Teodor "Die, scum!" and attacked him with a knife near South Coast Plaza.
In Milorad's mind, his 80-year-old dad deserved a gory death because he's never been supportive.
In reality, Teodor got his son out of the Balkans during the civil war in the 1990s and brought him to the safety of Orange County.
From his arrival in the U.S. in October 1991 until that tragic day near the Costa Mesa mall, Milorad refused to work a single day. He was too good for any available job, he reasoned. He wanted to be nothing but a theoretical physicist and he didn't miss chances to tell his father he hated him.
Despite the hostility, Teodor--who worked for ICN Pharmaceutical, Inc.--gave his son about $800,000 for living expenses, including more than $2,000 a month for an upscale apartment rental.
In 2009, he tried to get Milorad to move to a less expensive apartment and, when his son refused, he stopped paying the rent.
Milorad reacted like a spoiled brat. He pouted and made murderous threats. When he got his dad alone in a car, he repeatedly slammed a knife into his head, face and mouth--breaking his nose, ripping his mouth apart and slicing both eyeballs, according to court records.
Santa Ana Police Department officers used a Taser to subdue a fleeing Milorad and doctors spent five hours in emergency surgery treating Teodor's gruesome wounds.
A 2011 jury didn't believe Milorad's story--his father fabricated the attack story--and convicted him of attempted murder and elder abuse. Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals sentenced him to prison.
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But he appealed, claiming that Goethals had violated his constitutional rights by allowing him to represent himself at the trial. He said it was obvious that he suffered mental illness and hadn't been competent to face off against the Orange County District Attorney's office.
This month, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana rejected Milorad's complaint.
Upshot: The ungrateful brat will continue to serve his sentence of 13 years to life at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad.