Oct 14, 2016
Arlon Lee Strauss sentenced to 13 years for attempted murder, mayhem from 2015 Halloween incident
After using methamphetamine, Strauss attacked a woman who even today he still claims was his friend without warning or provocation. Coming at her from behind, Strauss used a rock to batter her head while she was washing dishes at the kitchen sink. The attack badly injured the woman, fracturing her skull and exposing brain matter, but she miraculously escaped death with emergency and extended medical care of the doctors and nurses at Howard Hospital and Stanford, respectively. Strauss originally claimed to investigators that an unknown Indian male had inflicted the harm on the woman and had also previously sexually assaulted Strauss.
The prosecutor handling the case was District Attorney David Eyster. The investigating law enforcement agency was the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. The Superior Court judge who presided over the case from the DA's filing of formal charge to today's sentencing was the Honorable David Nelson.