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