Jul 20, 2016

Pizza machete wielding suspect Charles Kesselring sentenced to 15 + years, 9 years for carjacking

Charles Kesselring was sentenced yesterday to 15 years, 8 months, by Judge Marilyn Miles.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jackie Harkness. Kesselring was represented by Ms. Christina Allbright.

The following information is from the court computer,document:

The biggest sentence was for Count 4 carjacking with a special allegation that he used a machete, a deadly and dangerous weapon during the alleged commission of the offense,  9 years,  Count 1 Evading a Police Officer with willful disregard, 8 months ; Count 2 unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle 8 months ; Count 5 second degree robbery with special allegation of using a machete; 1 year

For two special allegations above, he received an additional 4 months, each . And he received 1 year for two of his three prior convictions.

 Count 6 Criminal threats with the machete special allegation 8 months (stayed); Count 7 Assault with a deadly weapon 1 year (stayed).


Jun 8, 2016


Pizza machete wielding suspect found guilty on all counts, except 1

Jury found Charles Kesselring guilty on all counts except Count 3, and found all special allegations true.



Verdict came in right at noon.

Kesselring is charged with Count 1 Evading a Police Officer with willful disregard; Count 2 unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle; Count 3 Receiving Stolen Property/Vehicle; Count 4 Carjacking with a special allegation that he used a machete, a deadly and dangerous weapon during the alleged commission of the offense; Count 5 second degree robbery with special allegation of using a machete; Count 6 Criminal threats with the machete special allegation; Count 7 Assault with a deadly weapon and three prior conviction special allegations.





Previous post (with all coverage):

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2016/06/pizza-machete-wielding-suspect-get.html?m=1

DA's press release (at 3 p.m.) :


Today a Humboldt County jury found Charles Kesselring IV guilty of carjacking, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, theft of a vehicle and evading an officer. The crimes occurred on May 26, 2015.
The events began around noon when Deputy Tomlin of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department identified and pursued a stolen vehicle while on patrol near Harris and Harrison. The pursuit continued into Eureka, where Deputy Tomlin ended it near Eureka High School to limit risk to the public. However, shortly thereafter citizens assisted the deputy in locating the defendant who had left the car and run into an apartment. Because the crime is not classified as a serious or violent crime he was cited and not booked into the jail.
Shortly before midnight Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a robbery in Manila. The victim, a pizza delivery person, said when he stopped his car at the Manila Community Center a man with distinctive tattoos brandished a machete, ordered him out of his car, demanded his wallet and threatened to kill him. The victim later identified the defendant as the person who committed the carjacking and robbery.
The defendant was arrested in Ukiah on May 29, 2016 after evading the Ukiah police in a vehicle.
The defendant faces a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison. Following additional court proceedings on June 9, 2016 a sentencing date will be set. The case was tried by Deputy District Attorney Jackie Pizzo and defended by Christina Albright.


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