Man serves 88 days in landlord assault

By Neal Putnam

Rafael Luciano, 49, formerly of Ramona, has been released from jail after serving 88 days for assaulting his landlord after he tried to block her from discovering marijuana plants growing at his household.

Luciano pleaded guilty to felony assault of his landlord, who injured her hip when he knocked her to the ground on July 15, 2010. He was placed on three years probation by El Cajon Superior Court Judge John Thompson, who fined him $1,224, according to court records.

A restraining order is still in effect and he is barred from contacting his former landlord. Luciano was also ordered to pay $1,127 in probation costs and $570 for his court appointed lawyer. He was a fugitive until his 2012 arrest.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents counted 731 marijuana plants in various sizes plus cultivation equipment in Luciano’s residence. After he admitted the assault, charges of elder abuse, battery, and possession and cultivation of marijuana plants were dismissed, court records show.

   
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