Friday, January 7, 2011

Weird Claremont News: Man Pimps Child, Gets 330 Years-To-Life

This week's latest weird news from our fair city of Claremont.

I don't say this to shock anyone, but when I hear of instances like this, I must say that all doubts -- few though they are -- I have about public execution wash away.

Indeed, I'm certain that I would volunteer for it as a matter of civic duty. 

Man who pimped child gets 330 years-to-life


RANCHO CUCAMONGA - Reginald Christopher, who was found guilty of pimping a 13-year-old girl, was sentenced Friday to 330-years-to-life by Judge Mary E. Fuller in San Bernardino County Superior Court. 


The judge told him at sentence, "You are a danger to all children and women in this country and any other country." Later she told Christopher, concerning a life sentence he received as a juvenile, "You didn't learn anything. You immediately hooked up with a 13-year-old and began using and abusing her."


At 17½, Christopher, now 47, was convicted of robbery, kidnapping and rape of a college woman. He was given a life sentence but won a parole after 26 years in prison. He was free for 11 months before he was arrested again, this time in Claremont for pimping the child.


Christopher was expressionless as he sat through rulings on two motions filed by his defense lawyer Gary Olive of Los Angeles in the morning, both of which were denied, and at the sentencing in the afternoon. Olive said he would appeal his defeat on the motion for a new trail and a motion to remove one of the strikes, called a Romero motion.


After the lunch break, Fuller reeled off the sentence for each of the seven counts on which Christopher was found guilty by a jury late last year. The first was pimping a minor under 16, counts 2 through 4 lewd acts on child and counts 5 through 7, oral copulation on a person under 14. In addition there was a conviction for a lewd act with prior sex conviction brought a separate five-year sentence.


The first count was 25-to-life and 2 through 4 were 75-to-life and 5 through 7 were 25-to-life, all to run consecutively. Two through 4 were tripled under the law because of a prior life sentence from which he was paroled.


The judge said that Christopher must first serve the five-year sentence before beginning his 325 years-to-life indeterminate sentence. She denied him probation and in the event he should ever be free, she ordered him to register as a sex offender. He won't be eligible for parole until Jan. 7, 2341.


Deputy District Attorney Karen Scmauss said after the sentencing, "I still don't think (Christopher) gets it. He still says she was a prostitute and that she told him she was older."


Fuller said Christopher had 60 days from Friday to file an appeal.


Christopher's father and aunt were in the audience in the morning but only the father returned in the afternoon. He looked very glum.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Never fear Claremont, that was a misprint. It happened in Montclair. (Easy to mix up, Clare - mont, Mont -Clair).