Daniel McNerney

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Gregory Cantrell, Newport Beach Businessman, Loses Child Molestation Appeal

    In December 2003, Orange County businessman Gregory Erik Cantrell repeatedly molested a 12-year-old female relative, but the crimes went undiscovered for four years.Cantrell was charged and convicted of domestic violence in 2006--winning two days in jail and probation.The following year prosecutors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Robert Luis Reil Gets 50 More Years to Engage in Mexican Mafia Mayhem Behind Bars

    The good news for those clinging to truth, justice and the American way (brought to you by Mennen) is Robert Luis Reil was sentenced Friday to 50 years to life in state prison for his participation in the first Orange County murder of 2010. The bad news for those residing in the correctional facilit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Ugly Mug Shot of the Day!

    ​It's a shame that Robert Luis Reil likely won't ever get a chance to model for GQ.In coming months, Reil--presently a 32-year-old resident of a luxury suite inside Orange County's Theo Lacy Jail--will be bused to a California prison, where he'll probably spend the rest of his life with other mode ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Joseph Felix Diaz Was Looking at Self Defense Before Pumping 2 More Bullets into Faustino Armenta's Back

    ​Joseph Felix Diaz could have reasonably argued he acted in self defense when he shot rival gang member Faustino Armenta in the shoulder to fend off a beer-bottle attack. But such a defense went out the window when the 27-year-old chased Armenta for 200 feet and pumped two more bullets into the ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    [UPDATED with Sentence:] Rebeca Nivarez Found Guilty of Murdering Jeweler Despite No Victim Body

    ​UPDATE, MAY 3, 4:35 P.M.: 46-year-old Rebeca Nivarez of Garden Grove has been sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison for robbing and murdering Mario Hernandez, a 78-year-old Santa Ana jewelry salesman whose body was never found.A Santa Ana jury on Feb. 1 agreed the mother plotted the crime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2008

    Convicted murderer told to “hang your head high”

    Fridays are always tough in Orange County's Central Courthouse at Santa Ana. That's when the majority of convicted defendants face sentencing. Of course, watching killers, rapists and robbers begin to pay for their crimes isn't tough. It's seeing the indescribable pain of victims and their families ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2007

    Lesson for the day: Don't Kill Your Wife

    After only about four hours of deliberation, an Orange County jury of eight women and four men this afternoon found Marvin Vernis Smith guilty of brutally murdering his wife in December 2005. Smith, a multi-millionaire apartment building owner, and his high-priced defense lawyer, Jennifer Keller, s ... More >>

  • News

    December 13, 2007

    Lady Killer

    An OC jury ponders this question: Who is the right-handed man who murdered Minnie Smith?