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Thu Jan 10 2013Santa Cruz Eleven Down to Four
Thu Jan 10 201375 River Conspiracy Charges Dismissed at Preliminary Hearing
At a preliminary hearing on January 8, all charges against Desiree Foster, Robert Norse, and Becky Johnson in association with the occupation of a vacant bank building in 2011 were dismissed by Santa Cruz Judge Paul P. Burdick. Charges still remain in effect for four defendants, Brent Adams, Franklin "Angel" Alcantara, Gabriella Ripley-Phipps, and Cameron Laurendeau, though Burdick removed conspiracy from the counts they face.
The judge found that the occupation of the bank at 75 River appeared to be a "spontaneous occupation" after the doorway was opened with a key, and that it wasn't shown that there was an agreement made to commit a crime, therefore he wasn't going to hold any of the defendants on the conspiracy count. Brent Adams, Franklin "Angel" Alcantara, and Gabriella Ripley-Phipps have an arraignment date set for January 22 in Santa Cruz, and Cameron Laurendeau's is set for February 1. All four still face misdemeanor trespass and felony vandalism charges.
Additionally, the judge sanctioned District Attorney Rebekah Young with a $500 fine for the violation of a discovery order, saying that he had never imposed a sanction like this on the District Attorney's office before.
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