Nov 1, 2016
Thomas Lusk to go away to to prison for a total of 18 years, 8 months, mistrial and dismissal avoided by a plea deal
The courtroom opened at 9:30 a.m. Judge John Feeney announced that a disposition had been reached in the case. Lusk's jury trial was to start this, afternoon.
An additional count 14, forcible oral copulation was added to the information for a Jane Doe #4.Lusk also plead guilty to Count 13 Assault with intent to Commit a felony sex offense.
He got the higher term for Count 14 which is 8 years and it was doubled because of the special allegation for that count for a prior serious felony. That conviction was in June 2012 for criminal threats and that made his prison term 16 years. For Count 13, he got 1.3 of the mid term sentence which was 16 months; same special allegation and time doubled to 32 months. Total 18 years, 8 months to be served consecutively.
The remaining Counts 1 to 12 were dismissed.
DDA Stacey Eads cited the factual basis for Count 14, explained the reasons for the plea deal and mentioned the possibility of Lusk being committed to a state hospital after release, if he meets certain criteria for sexually violent predators.
Sentencing is November 8 at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 1. A probation report was requested only for sentencing credits and fines and fees.
I spoke with Ms. Eads briefly after court.
No other media was in court.
Yesterday's post (with links to all coverage):
DA Press Release (4;35 p.m.):