Articles Tagged With ‘Guilty’




Cayucos firefighter convicted of rape, human trafficking

A San Luis Obispo jury has convicted former Cayucos firefighter Oscar Higueros Jr. of 25 crimes, including forcible rape and human trafficking of a minor by force or fear. The crimes stem from Higueros’s relationship with a then-17-year-old Los Osos... (Continue reading)

Former foster father pleads guilty to child rape

By KAREN VELIE A former foster father, who adopted three of his charges, faces 20 years to life in state prison after pleading guilty Thursday to raping a child under 14 years of age. The children were placed with the... (Continue reading)

San Luis Jazz Band leader pleads guilty to extortion

BY KAREN VELIE The leader of the San Luis Jazz Band plead guilty last month to three counts of extortion against his wife. Mitch Latting, 66, is scheduled to be sentenced by San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Jacquelyn... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach man pleads guilty to counterfeiting

A 51-year-old Pismo Beach man plead guilty today to manufacturing counterfeit U.S. Currency. Kenneth Choate faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner. On May 31,... (Continue reading)

Former Atascadero lender sentenced to 7 years

By KAREN VELIE Former Hurst Financial principal James Miller was sentenced to seven years in federal prison on Monday for misappropriating millions of dollars that victims invested in Central Coast real estate projects and for helping developer Kelly Gearhart defraud... (Continue reading)

Yanaga convicted of murder

A jury voted Friday to convict Thomas Yanaga of second-degree murder in the killing of Atascadero resident Marshall Savoy. On March 14, Yanaga, 53, shot Savoy, 32, after the Atascadero man tried to break up an argument between Yanaga and... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara doctor convicted of drug trafficking

A Santa Barbara-area physician who wrote numerous prescriptions for powerful painkillers, such as OxyContin, for “patients” – many of whom were drug addicts, and some of whom died from drug overdoses – was convicted Friday of 79 drug trafficking charges,... (Continue reading)

Man who forced girls into prostitution sentenced

A 34-year-old man who forced two teenage girls into prostitution in Fresno and San Luis Obispo received a federal prison sentence of more than 12.5 years. Fresno resident Michael Anthony Andrade was one of two men who pleaded guilty to... (Continue reading)

Salinas DMV employee traded drivers’ licenses for bribes

A Salinas DMV employee pled guilty Tuesday for her part in a conspiracy to sell class A commercial driver’s licenses to people who had not passed the required tests. Five other people, including two DMV employees, were charged in a... (Continue reading)

Man who attacked Sikh clerk in Pismo Beach convicted

A San Luis Obispo County jury has convicted a 24-year-old man of two crimes stemming from an incident earlier this year in which he attacked a Sikh AM/PM clerk in Pismo Beach and ripped his turban off. On Wednesday, the... (Continue reading)