Man who shot and killed his father takes a plea deal
May 9, 2015
While the jury deliberated, a Santa Maria man on trial for shooting his parents after learning his father had molested his daughters agreed to serve more than 24 years in prison in a plea deal signed Thursday evening.
During a 2012 Labor Day barbecue at an Orcutt park, Brian Reid, 42, armed himself with 40 caliber glock gun, looked at his father and said, “I’m going to kill you.” He then shot both his father William Reid and his mother Pamelia Reid.
Reid’s mother survived the shooting. She was 63 at the time, and her deceased husband was 73-years-old.
Defense Attorney Robert Ikola argued that his client is only guilty of voluntary manslaughter because he killed his father in a “heat of passion” after he was driven insane and his family life was ruined.
During opening statements, the prosecution and defense agreed that Reid had known for nearly 10 years about allegations that his father, William Reid, had molested his daughters. Prosecutors said the jury should convict Reid of murder because the killing was a cold, calculated attack.
The jury began deliberations Wednesday and then reached a verdict on Thursday. However, the judge sent the jurors back to the jury room because court forms had not been filled out properly.
Thursday evening, Reid signed the plea deal agreeing to a sentence of at least 24 years. He will be eligible for parole in 2033.
If convicted of murder, Reid could have faced a life sentence.
His sentencing hearing is set for June 22.