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Shooter convicted after Santa Paula man left paralyzed, vandal robs senior, more news

Richard Steven Valencia

Richard Steven Valencia

Here’s a look at recent incidents and announcements from Ventura County agencies:

Santa Paula man gets 25 years to life in attempted murder of neighbor

A 45-year-old Santa Paula man was sentenced last week to 25 years to life in prison in connection with the attempted murder of a neighbor who was left paralyzed from the neck down, the prosecutor’s office said.

Defendant Richard Steven Valencia pleaded guilty in March to attempted murder and related charges. Police said the victim was in his mid-20s at the time of the shooting.

Prosecutors said the incident happened on Oct. 9, 2020, when the two men got into an argument outside their Santa Paula apartment complex. Later that day, the suspect allegedly saw the neighbor walking in the area again, approached him and pointed a firearm at his face. As the argument continued, Valencia fired two shots, striking the victim in the face and neck, according to the prosecutor.

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According to the court, Valencia was given the option of parole but was denied probation.

He is currently being held without bail at the Todd Road Jail outside Santa Paula.

Woman reported stabbed outside Simi Valley; suspect in custody

A man was arrested Saturday and booked into jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after the alleged stabbing of a female victim outside Simi Valley.

The female was reportedly stabbed in the leg with what appeared to be a box cutter after an argument between the two at an encampment, Sheriff’s Capt. Nick Odenath said.

Odenath did not know if the victim had been taken to a hospital, but said she was treated at the scene for the cut on the lower part of her leg. The injury was not life-threatening, he said Sunday.

The incident was reported Saturday at 4 p.m. in the 6300 block of North American Cut Off Road, southeast of Simi Valley. It was not believed to be a case of domestic violence, nor was it clear what sparked the argument. Odenath did not know what the relationship between the two individuals was.

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The 46-year-old suspect was being held Sunday at the Main Jail in Ventura in lieu of $75,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

Police: Man beaten, robbed in downtown Ventura

A 67-year-old man was knocked to the ground and robbed early Friday morning while walking through downtown Ventura, police said.

Officers said they were initially called to the 400 block of Main Street around 6:30 a.m. to investigate a report of someone breaking windows at a local restaurant. Shortly afterwards they were alerted that the suspected vandal had beaten and robbed a passerby.

The passerby lives downtown and was trying to walk away from a confrontation with the vandal when he was attacked, Ventura police said.

The victim suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by medical personnel, police said.

The 39-year-old male suspect was arrested and booked into jail on Friday. He remained there Sunday in lieu of $250,000 bond.

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He was indicted on suspicion of five felonies: assault with force likely to cause serious bodily harm, first-degree theft, vandalism valued at more than $400, assault on elderly or dependent adults and kidnapping for theft.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

These items can be updated.

This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: Roundup: Shooter gets jail after man is paralyzed, senior robbed, more

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