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Seal Beach mass murderer sentenced to life in prison for salon killings

A California man was sentenced to eight consecutive life terms in prison without parole Friday for killing his ex-wife and seven others in a shooting rampage at the hair salon where she worked.

Scott Dekraai, a 47-year-old former tugboat operator, was sentenced in Orange County for the Oct. 12, 2011 killings to which he pleaded guilty three years ago.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals ruled in August that Dekraai could not receive the death penalty because of misconduct on the part of OC prosecutors and law enforcement. 

At Dekraai’s sentencing hearing, Goethals told the victims’ family and friends gathered in the courtroom, “the criminal justice system here in Orange County has largely failed you.”

Dekraai was also sentenced to seven years to life for the attempted murder of Hattie Stretz, plus additional years for using a gun. Dekraai “would have to serve more than 200 years in prison before he would ever become eligible for

Read more at: https://www.scpr.org/news/2017/09/22/75859/california-man-faces-life-sentence-for-killing-8-i/

Worst mass shooter in OC history to be sentenced today to life in prison for Seal Beach salon killings

A former tugboat captain who carried out Orange County’s worst mass shooting when he killed eight people at a Seal Beach salon in 2011 is expected to be sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The hearing for Scott Evans Dekraai, 47, will mark an emotional end to a case that has roiled the county’s criminal justice system amid allegations that authorities used a secret network of jailhouse informants to violate inmates’ constitutional rights.

The so-called snitch scandal led Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals last month to block prosecutors from pursuing the death penalty against Dekraai, ruling that the county’s mishandling of information regarding informants would prevent a fair trial. The decision, which followed lengthy hearings that included testimony from Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, was criticized by law enforcement leaders, who said Dekraai deserves to be executed.

On Oct. 12, 2011, Dekraai walked into the Salon

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-scott-dekraai-sentencing-20170922-story.html

‘Worst Mass Killer’ in OC History to Face Sentencing for Shooting, Killing 8 in Seal Beach Beauty Salon

Scott Dekraai, the worst mass killer in Orange County’s history, is scheduled to be sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for gunning down eight people at a Seal Beach beauty salon where his ex-wife worked.

The case has rocked the criminal system in Orange County amid allegations that Dekraai was the victim of abuse of the jailhouse informant program, but this morning’s sentencing could turn out to be the last word on the case.

The widower of one of Dekraai’s eight murder victims said the Attorney General’s Office told him there will be no appeal of a ruling eliminating the death penalty as a punishment for the defendant.

“They’re not going to appeal — they called me,” said Paul Wilson, husband of Christy Wilson, who was among the first to be gunned down in the Salon Meritage massacre in Seal Beach nearly six years

Read more at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/OC-Worst-Mass-Killer-Awaits-Sentencing-for-Shooting-Killing-Eight-People-in-Salon-446729633.html

No Death Penalty For Seal Beach Mass Murderer Scott Dekraai, Judge Rules

Confessed mass murderer Scott Evans Dekraai, who committed the deadliest mass-shooting in Orange County history, will likely be sentenced to life in prison after Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals Friday blocked him from receiving the death penalty.

In a decision announced in a packed courtroom, Goethals sharply rebuked both the Orange County District Attorney and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) for “chronic obstructionism” and failures to turn over evidence to his court. Those failures, he ruled, mean Dekraai cannot receive a fair jury trial to determine his sentence.

It effectively blocks attempts by the California Attorney General, which took over prosecution of the case from the OC District Attorney in 2015, to pursue the death penalty at a trial.

“The truth is,

Read more at: https://voiceofoc.org/2017/08/no-death-penalty-for-seal-beach-mass-murderer-judge-rules/

Death Penalty Off Table For Convicted Seal Beach Mass Murderer

SEAL BEACH, CA — It started with a morning in Seal Beach’s Salon and ended in a bloodbath that claimed the lives of eight victims. What has happened since is arguably one of the biggest disasters in the history of Orange County’s justice system, stretching from the court house to the Orange County Jail system, leaving witnesses to wonder if the punishment fits the crime.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals ruled Friday that Scott Dekraai, the worst mass killer in the county’s history, will not face the death penalty.

According to Judge Goethals, Dekraai will receive life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty on May 2, 2014, to murdering eight victims — including his ex-wife — and attempting to murder a ninth, 77-year-old Hattie Stretz, who survived the bloodbath at a Seal Beach beauty salon.

During the course of this case, victims’ families have been forced

Read more at: https://patch.com/california/losalamitos/convicted-seal-beach-mass-murderer-sentence-handed-down

Judge rules out death penalty for Scott Dekraai in Seal Beach mass murder case

Scott Dekraai, 47, is lead to his seat beside his attorney Scott Sanders, right, in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana on Friday, August 18, 2017. In a ruling, Orange County Superior Court Judge Judge Thomas Goethals took the death penalty off the table for the confessed killer because he concluded law enforcement would not ensure the defendant a fair penalty trial. Dekraai pleaded guilty to killing eight people and wounding another in an October 2011 shooting spree at a Seal Beach salon. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Scott Dekraai, 47, is lead to his seat beside his attorney Scott Sanders, right, in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana on Friday, August 18, 2017. In a ruling, Orange County Superior Court Judge Judge Thomas Goethals took the death penalty off the table for the confessed

Read more at: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/18/judge-rules-out-death-penalty-for-scott-dekraai-in-seal-beach-mass-murder-case/

Judge will determine whether Seal Beach mass murderer will face …



In a Santa Ana courtroom Friday morning, Scott Evans Dekraai will learn whether he could face execution for the worst mass killing in Orange County history.

After six years of delay and a series of controversies that rocked the county’s criminal justice system, Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals has two options. He can open the way for a jury to decide 47-year-old Dekraai’s fate.

Or Goethals could become one of the rare judges to take execution off the table for a convicted murderer because of law enforcement misconduct. In that case, Goethals would likely sentence Dekraai to eight consecutive life terms without parole.

Judge will determine whether Seal Beach mass murderer will face death penalty



In a Santa Ana courtroom Friday morning, Scott Evans Dekraai will learn whether he could face execution for the worst mass killing in Orange County history.

After six years of delay and a series of controversies that rocked the county’s criminal justice system, Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals has two options. He can open the way for a jury to decide 47-year-old Dekraai’s fate.

Or Goethals could become one of the rare judges to take execution off the table for a convicted murderer because of law enforcement misconduct. In that case, Goethals would likely sentence Dekraai to eight consecutive life terms without parole.

Judge Set to Rule on Whether Seal Beach Mass Murderer Faces Death Penalty

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals will rule Aug. 18 whether to block mass murderer Scott Dekraai from receiving the death penalty and determine if the Sheriff’s Department can be trusted to turn over all records ordered by the court.

Attorneys gave their final arguments Thursday to close an evidentiary hearing which started in late May in which Dekraai’s attorneys alleged the District Attorney’s office and Sheriff’s Department  failed to provide court-ordered records in the past. The defense lawyers contend its possible the DA and Sheriff’s Department still haven’t turned over everything and suggest Dekraai  should be spared the death penalty because he won’t receive a fair trial on the penalty he is to face for the murders.

If

Read more at: http://voiceofoc.org/2017/08/judge-set-to-rule-on-whether-seal-beach-mass-murderer-faces-death-penalty/

OC Sheriff Testifies About Jailhouse Informants in Seal Beach Salon …

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, testifying Wednesday in an evidentiary hearing in the death penalty case against the worst mass killer in the county’s history, said her department has not engaged in a conspiracy to use jailhouse informants in illegal ways.

Hutchens’ testimony came in the third round of evidentiary hearings to determine if Scott Dekraai — who pleaded guilty to eight murders and one attempted murder at a Seal Beach beauty salon — can get a fair shake in the penalty phase.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals has said he may dismiss the death penalty as an option in the case depending on the evidence produced in this latest round of hearings. Dekraai’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, showed the sheriff memos from Deputy William Grover, one of the central figures in two prior rounds of evidentiary hearings.

In one email, Grover asks colleagues about

Read more at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/With-Death-Sentence-in-the-Balance-OC-Sheriff-to-Testify-in-Mass-Killer-Trial-432379473.html