Saturday, August 24, 2013

CA - O.C. man (Robert Eugene Vasquez) gets life in prison for killing sex-offender neighbor

Robert Eugene Vasquez
Robert Eugene Vasquez
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By Paloma Esquivel

An Orange County man who killed a neighbor in his mobile home park because the neighbor was a sex offender was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Robert Eugene Vasquez, 36, was convicted in June of stabbing neighbor [name withheld] to death. Prosecutors said Vasquez waited outside [name withheld]'s home in a San Juan Capistrano mobile home park on the morning of Dec. 1, 2011, intending to kill [name withheld] because he was a registered sex offender.

Vasquez's mother had told her son and others that [name withheld] was a child molester. In fact, [name withheld] had been convicted of assault with intent to commit rape, an offense that obligated him to register as a sex offender but did not involve a child, said Orange County Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Ebrahim Baytieh.

When [name withheld] walked outside his home, Vasquez attacked him, punching him in the back of the head and stabbing him until he was nearly decapitated.

Two days later, as sheriff’s deputies investigated the murder, Vasquez attacked a friend at the friend's home in San Juan Capistrano with a metal object. The friend survived but suffered major injuries.

Vasquez was convicted of one felony count of special circumstances murder and one felony count of aggravated assault.

During the sentencing, a statement from members of [name withheld]'s family was read to the court. The family and its neighbors were “hurting because of the action you chose that morning. We are getting better as time goes by, but we will not forget [name withheld]. We will always have loving thoughts of [name withheld] and the fun time we shared with him,” according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney’s office.

"We live in a free country," Baytieh said. "People have a right not to like someone. People have a right to not like what someone has done. But no one has a right to kill someone."

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dlc said...

Another vigilante off the streets. When are they going to recognize the fact that leaving the registry online for the public invites this kind or reaction? Some people cannot control their impulses and the registry makes the people on it targets for this kind of person. The ACLU should have enough evidence, now, to go after the state and get the registry taken down for police use only.

Loneranger said...

Well these laws were in reaction to a child being raped and murdered. Although you're more likely to be struck by lightening repeatedly then this happening it only took that very small percentile of the nation to create this mess. Now we have sex offenders being hunted and killed. Made very convenient by listing their names and pictures and where they live. My question would be this. Is one life more important than so many that have been killed because of this? The registry has only cause misery and death. Created hate and fear in every city in this nation. It has saved no one but cost so many their lives. Where is the logic in this?

Dan said...

A vigilante is someone or a group who administer "justice" in the absence of a system that would do so justly in the interest of society, or one that is wholly inadequate. Like in the old Wild West out on the prairie.

The victim here was charged, tried, convicted and sentenced by the most complex system in the world decades ago. He long ago finished serving the prescribed sentence and punishment.

The person who attacked and killed him for this reason and this reason alone could not be farther from the concept of a vigilante. He is a plain criminal and a murderer.

Wordplay? Splitting hairs? Perhaps. But language is powerful and should be chosen wisely.

Please not that the DA does not say "he was a sex offender". Being a sex offender implies currency. He said "obligated to register as a sex offender". Big difference. I think people should NEVER refer to themselves or others as "sex offender" but as human beings, people required to registered as such due to a past (!) offense.

That the Orange County DA, with all their recent hate mongering, "objects" to registrants being brutally killed for no reason other than that is more than ironic, but that is a different topic for a different day.