Ricardo Juarez, 16, already serving a 17-year sentence after being found guilty of manslaughter in a 2006 gang-related stabbing, pleaded no contest on 2/6 to assault with intent to produce great bodily injury done for the benefit of a street gang, and an additional gang-related charge. The charges qualify as Juarez’s second strike under the state’s three-strikes rule and will add three years and four months to his sentence. Juarez allegedly assaulted Westsider Daniel Cervantes (who currently is facing a murder charge in a separate incident) with two other Eastsiders in Juvenile Hall, where they are all serving time.
Denise D’Sant Angelo will face criminal charges in two separate cases in two separate trials, a Santa Barbara judge ruled on 2/8. D’Sant Angelo, accused of stealing $2,800 in donations to the Sisters of Bethany, is also accused of taking $19,000 from an elderly couple in a mortgage payment scam. Prosecutor Brian Cota was attempting to combine the cases, but Judge Jean Dandona decided the move could confuse jurors.
Glen Mowrer III, 39, was arrested on 2/5 on marijuana-related charges. According to City Police, Mowrer was observed contacting a suspected prostitute on East Gutierrez Street, and was pulled over for not having a front license plate. The officer reportedly smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana and, after searching the vehicle, found 20 pounds of the drug inside. A search of Mowrer’s property uncovered an additional 100 pounds of marijuana as well as 23 live plants. Mowrer was booked at County Jail for possession and sale of marijuana as well as probation violation.