Kent and Jill Easter, Accused of Planting Drugs on School Volunteer, Indicted by Grand Jury
The Orange County Grand Jury has indicted Kent Wycliffe Easter and Jillianne Bjorkholm Easter, the genius lawyer couple that already pleaded not guilty at arraignment to planting drugs on a volunteer at their child's Irvine elementary school in a failed bid to get her prosecuted and imprisoned.
Such an indictment generally speeds up justice as it removes the need for a preliminary hearing.
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The grand jury indicted the Easters Thursday on one felony count each of conspiracy to procure the false arrest and charging of the school volunteer, false imprisonment, and conspiracy to falsely report a crime, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).
The couple now has a Nov. 9 arraignment date in Santa Ana on the indictment. Out on $20,000 bail each, they could get three years in state prison each with a conviction.
They are also being sued in civil court by the volunteer, Kelli Peters. Among her assertions is the Easters have repeatedly terrorized her family.
Jill Easter, a 39-year-old author who has let her state bar license expire, allegedly got so angry with Peters' mild discipline of her son at Plaza Vista Elementary School that the Easters hatched a plan for revenge after a judge their own lawsuit against the volunteer.
Kent Easter, a 38-year-old lawyer at Yocca Carlson & Rauth Attorneys of Newport Beach, allegedly drove to Peters' home around 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 16, 2011, and placed the drug bag behind the driver's seat of her unlocked vehicle. He is said to have intentionally left the bundle in plain sight.
The couple are accused of being in constant cell phone and text message contact as Kent Easter allegedly called a non-emergency Irvine Police number, under a false name and number of his own, to report witnessing an erratic driver who then parked at Plaza Vista Elementary and hid a bag of drugs behind the driver's seat. He is accused of identifying Kelli Peters by name, describing her vehicle and firing off the license plate number.
Irvine cops arrived at the school parking lot, zeroed in on Peters' vehicle and saw the bag out in plain sight before finding her on campus and asking for consent to search her vehicle. When Peters was shown the bag of drugs, police say, she adamantly denied it belonged to her and claimed not to know how it got into her vehicle.
Peters was detained at the Irvine Police station for two hours before investigators determined she was inside a classroom at the exact time the "witness" supposedly saw her stowing the drug bag. Peters also gave police consent to search her home, where no evidence was found of drug possession or use.
Kent and Jill Easter were identified by detectives as people of interest--we assume after a dick asked Peters, "Anyone at the school been fucking with you?" It was discovered Kent Easter apparently made the original call to Irvine Police from a phone in the business center of a Newport Beach hotel near where he worked. Investigators claim the call was recorded via the hotel's video surveillance system.
Under the name Ava Bjork, Jill Easter wrote a crime novel titled Holding House about some buddies who devise what they believe to be the perfect crime.
This one? Not so much.
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