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Burglar awaits sentencing

   Roy Daniel Scott, 29, of Ramona, will be sentenced May 5 in El Cajon
Superior Court after pleading guilty to three burglary charges.
   Deputy District Attorney Genaro Ramirez said Scott admitted to
burglarizing a San Diego County public works office on Feb. 5, and a
vehicle burglary two weeks later. Scott also pleaded guilty to
commercial burglary of a building inside a mobile home park in Ramona.
   Judge Charles Ervin dismissed other charges including several other
burglaries, petty theft and vandalism after he pleaded guilty on April
2 to three charges. Scott was arrested Feb. 6 by sheriff’s deputies at
2 a.m. following an investigation.

Bomb threat nets time served in jail for high school senior

 The 19-year-old student who pleaded guilty to making a false bomb
report at Ramona High School has been sentenced to eight days he has
already spent in jail, with no further time in custody.
   Korey Robert Flad was placed on three years probation and fined
$1,214 by El Cajon Superior Court Judge Peter Deddeh. Flad is still
barred from attending the high school and cannot appear within 100
yards of the campus as part of a court order.
   Flad had been charged with making a criminal threat, but that was
dropped Feb. 8 after he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of making a
false bomb report. That charge is also a felony.
   The prosecutor did not ask for any more time in jail. Flad could have received a maximum three year prison term.

Man posing as general gets probation

 David Vincent Weber, the 69-year-old former Marine who posed as a
major general, was ordered to perform 240 hours of community service
under terms of three years probation for wearing a dozen medals
including two Purple Hearts that he had not earned.
   Weber, a Ramona resident, was fined $525 by U.S. District Court
Magistrate Judge Ruben Brooks, who gave him credit at the April 15
sentencing for one day previously spent in jail.
   Brooks said he couldn’t impose more jail time because Weber has prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease and other ailments.

Woman faces sentencing for drug charge

 A 52-year-old woman who was arrested in Ramona for possession of
methamphetamine in her van and then forfeited her $20,000 bond by not
showing up for court has been arrested and awaits sentencing on April
28.
   Kellie Ann Parkhurst, of Lakeside, was arrested by sheriff’s
deputies on Feb. 6 after a warrant was issued for her arrest for not
showing up for arraignment on Oct. 8, 2009, in El Cajon Superior Court.
   Parkhurst pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine that
Ramona deputies found in her van on Sept. 29 in the 700 block of F
Street. She has also picked up a new felony case that will also be
heard on April 28.
   Court records show she faces a maximum 15-year prison term and a
$20,000 fine. Parkhurst wrote in a court document that she unlawfully
possessed methamphetamine for sale and that she had been free on bail
in a previous narcotics case.
   Judge John Thompson denied bail for Parkhurst and she remains in the
Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility. She has a prior drug conviction
from 2001.

Man gets 6 years for molesting teen

 David Eric Letzring, 50, of Ramona, has been sentenced to six years in
state prison for molesting a 15-year-old Ramona girl on Halloween when
they were out of town.
   Probation was denied and Letzring was fined $1,260 by El Cajon
Superior Court Judge Charles Ervin, who gave him credit for serving 161
days in the Vista Detention Facility. Letzring pleaded guilty Feb. 5 to
performing a lewd act with a minor.
   The incident took place in the Borrego desert area. The girl told an
administrator at Ramona High School about it, and Letzring was arrested
Nov. 5, 2009, by sheriff’s deputies.
   The girl did not have to testify in court because Letzring pleaded
guilty without having a preliminary hearing. He agreed to accept the
six-year sentence as part of the plea agreement with the district
attorney’s office, according to court records.
   Three other counts alleging molestation of the same girl on the same
night were dismissed. He has a prior record of two residential burglary
convictions.

Man pleads guilty to injuring girlfriend

 A Ramona man who was involved in a 7 1/2-hour standoff with sheriff’s
deputies pleaded guilty April 5 to inflicting corporal injuries upon
his girlfriend, who said he choked her.
   Lawrence Steven Monterastelli, 42, will be sentenced on May 4 in  El
Cajon Superior Court. Both his attorney, former District Attorney Paul 
Pfingst, and Deputy District Attorney Timothy Campen said he will
likely get a suspended jail term.
   Pfingst said Monterastelli may get a suspended 180-day jail term
and, after his client finishes domestic violence classes, he
anticipates having the felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor while
on terms of probation.
   “My client will do the classes,” said Pfingst.

Man gets four years in SR-67 fatality

   Saying “I cannot in good conscience grant probation,” a judge on
March 30 sentenced a motorist to four years in state prison for driving
between 83 mph and 95 mph, causing a crash that killed a 25-year-old
mother on State Route 67 near Quail Rock Road in Ramona.
   Excessive speed by Melvin Leroy Pearles, 49, not alcohol or drugs,
caused the death of Alexandria McKiernan-Drake, 25, who was killed on
March 29, 2009. Her then 1-month old baby, who was in a car seat in the
back seat, survived the 11:15 a.m. crash and was not injured.
   Every seat in the courtroom was filled, with reporters sitting in
the jury box and about 15 people standing at the entrance to hear the
emotional stories of how the victim’s husband, parents, and others were
affected by her death. El Cajon Superior Court Judge Peter Deddeh
denied the defense lawyer’s bid for probation and gave Pearles credit
for 117 days already spent in jail.
   Deddeh said the California Highway Patrol estimated Pearles’ speed between 83 mph and 95 mph.

New trial date set in murder, arson case

   Ramona businessman James Kurtenbach will stand trial Sept. 13 for
murder and arson involving the death of one of his employees in 2008.
   The delay is due to Kurtenbach, 49, getting a new attorney, Bart
Sheela III, after another attorney asked to be taken off the case.
Sheela was appointed to the case in February and said he needed more
time to prepare and read transcripts of the preliminary hearing and
other information.
   Kurtenbach owns the Stars Gas Station and Joseph Nesheiwat, 24, was
a longtime employee before he was found dead of burn injuries on Oct.
31, 2008. Nesheiwat was allegedly involved in setting a fire at
Kurtenbach’s vacant home at 16421 N. Woodson Drive in Ramona.
   Kurtenbach is alleged to have directed Nesheiwat to set the fire so
he could collect insurance. He appeared before El Cajon Superior Court
Judge Herbert Exarhos on March 12 and waived his right for a speedy
trial. The trial date of May 17 was vacated.
   Sheela also told the judge he does have other cases and acts as a supervisor in the office of Alternate Public Defenders.

Speeding motorist sentenced in Route 67 crash that killed 25-year-old mother

   Saying he “cannot in good conscience grant probation,” a judge on Tuesday sentenced a motorist to four years in state prison for driving between 83 mph and 95 mph, causing a crash that killed a former Ramona mother on state Route 67 near Quail Rock Road in Ramona.
   Excessive speed by Melvin Leroy Pearles, 49, not alcohol or drugs, caused the death of Alexandria McKiernan-Drake, 25, who was killed on March 29, 2009. Her then 1-month old baby, who was in a car seat in the back seat, survived and was not injured.
   Every seat in the courtroom was filled, with reporters sitting in the jury box and about 15 people standing at the entrance to hear the emotional stories of how the victim’s husband, parents and others were affected by her death. El Cajon Superior Court Judge Peter Deddeh denied the defense lawyer’s bid for probation and gave Pearles credit for 117 days already spent in jail.

Most charges dropped in standoff case

 After a full day of testimony, a judge on March 10 dismissed four
charges against a Ramona man involved in a 7-1/2 hour standoff with
sheriff’s deputies. But he ordered the man to stand trial on a charge
of inflicting corporal injuries to his girlfriend, who reported he had
choked her.
   Lawrence Steve Monterastelli, 42, was ordered by El Cajon Superior
Court Judge Allan Preckel to be in court on March 24 for setting a
trial date. Monterastelli remains free on $250,000 bond.
   Preckel dismissed charges of assault with a firearm, making a
criminal threat to his girlfriend, attempting to dissuade a witness
from reporting a crime, and damaging a telephone line in the Oct. 11,
2009, incident. The judge dismissed the charges, saying there was not
probable cause shown to support them in the preliminary hearing.

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