Judge Overrules Probation, Denies Man’s Motion for Expungement, Charge Reduction

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By Tommy Nguyen

VENTURA, CA – Ventura Superior Court Judge Patricia Murphy this week denied a motion by Pedro Perez to reduce his sentence because of what he did to the victim, and how he behaves when given a chance to recover.

Perez’s violations date back to 2003, with felony charges of the use of deadly weapon, street terrorism and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime.

With the Probation Office’s recommendation to terminate probation, withdraw a plea, and declare a misdemeanor, counsel filed the motion to reduce the felony to a misdemeanor on the grounds that the accused’s violation had happened very long ago, about 20 years.

The judge said she has spent a long time thinking about the case, and despite the fact that it had been some time since the crime, she disagreed with the probation recommendation.

“This was a very serious event where the victim was outnumbered,” Judge Murphy explained. “He was an innocent third party, and the event was over when Perez then threatened him with a knife.”

However, the thing that bothered the judge even more was the fact the accused denied any involvement, denied being a gang member and blamed the victim for the injuries during his interview at the time of the incident.

“He [Perez] showed no remorse, no empathy, no insight, even right now in the declaration that he wrote to the court,” the judge said, adding Perez violated nearly every single term of his probation.

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Tommy is a sophomore majoring in Economics and minoring in Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He is an international student from Vietnam and fueled with the frustration agaisnt flawed justice system that lets down the minority. He is aspired to become a criminal justice attorney and will hopefully attend law school in 2025.

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