A 35-year-old Mission Viejo man has been convicted of stealing a woman's SUV from her garage with her 2 1/2-year-old son and dog in the backseat and running over the frantic and pregnant mom's foot as he drove off. Jurors, who deliberated for about 2 1/2 days, found James Christopher Corr guilty of a laundry list of kidnapping, carjacking, burglary and resisting arrest counts that could find him sentenced to 17 years to life in state prison at a scheduled Oct. 4 hearing.
You may recall Corr as Navel Gazing's first ballot entry into the Ugly Police Mugshot of the Week Hall of Fame for the interesting message to law enforcement he wears on his chest:
The carjacker and parolee for a hit-and-run in Nevada in 2005 stole a Volvo SUV from an Aliso Viejo garage around 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 15, 2011. The resident, who was 30 weeks pregnant at the time, was leaving to meet her husband, who had been running in Newport Beach. Her toddler son, who was strapped into his car seat in the backseat with the family's Saint Bernard in a cage behind him, asked for water, so the mom dashed back into the residence to fill his sippy cup.
As she opened the garage door, she saw Corr jump into her Volvo. She rushed toward the stranger and hurled the plastic cup at him. A scuffle ensued and she fell backward on her elbows.
“I kept on saying, 'Give me my baby please. Give me my baby. Take the car, whatever you want,'” she testified in court, according to a City News Service report. Asked how Corr responded, the woman testified that “he just smiled.”
Corr backing the Volvo up over her foot left her cut and bruised. He also damaged the SUV door next to the boy and left skid marks on the garage floor. Corr was unfamiliar with the area and at one point drove into a cul de sac. A neighbor gave chase in her vehicle, honking at Corr to stop and following him through a red light.
Corr “bailed out” near Da Vinci and Medici with the SUV ending up on a curb, still in drive with the door hanging open and the toddler and dog still inside, Deputy District Attorney Aleta Bryant reportedly said in court.
The car thief ran to one home and was trying to pry open a sliding glass door when he was captured by Orange County sheriff's deputies. His wallet contained $42 and papers taken during a vehicle break-in reported in Mission Viejo shortly before the crimes went down in Aliso. The little boy and pooch were OK.
Lawrence Volk of the Orange County Public Defender's Office did not dispute much of the case against his client, but he denied that Corr committed a kidnapping–not successfully enough to spare the defendant from being found guilty of those counts but successfully enough for jurors to split 6-6 on a child-stealing charge and for the judge to declare a mistrial on that count, according to the news service report.
But Corr was convicted Tuesday of second-degree burglary, first-degree burglary, carjacking, first-degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon likely to produce great bodily injury, kidnapping for carjacking, child abuse and endangerment, hit-and-run with injury, vandalism, kidnapping a child younger than 14 and kidnapping, all felonies. He was also convicted of misdemeanor resisting arrest, and his prior conviction will figure into his sentence.