Driver who hit cyclist in Highland Park found guilty for assault with deadly weapon.
Thread started by marino
at 03.13.12 - 12:55 pm
Breaking News: Louis Mraz Found Guilty of Assault With Deadly Weapon
Mount Washington resident Louis Mraz was found guilty on Monday of assault with a deadly weapon for side-swiping a cyclist on Avenue 50 in May.
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury on Monday convicted Mount Washington man Louis Mraz on one count of assault with a deadly weapon in relation to an incident in May where he allegedly side-swiped a cyclist near the corner of Avenue 50 and Buchanan Street.
The jury also acquitted Mraz of one count of hit and run.
Winona Wacker, the cyclist who was injured in the Mraz incident, said she still felt overwhelmed by the proceedings of the trial.
"I'm still letting it all settle in," Wacker said.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Mraz was driving behind Wacker on Avenue 50 "in his 2001 Volvo convertible with his top down and began honking his horn and yelling for Wacker to move out of his way."
According to the report, Mraz then "drove violently into the left side of Wackers bike causing her to fall and tumble to the pavement. Mraz then left the area, leaving Wacker with numerous cuts and abrasions."
Mraz was remanded into custody by the Los Angeles Superior Court, where he will await a sentencing date schedule for March 26.
According to the California Penal Code "any person who commits an assault upon the person of another with a deadly weapon or instrument other than a firearm or by any means of force likely to produce great bodily injury shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment."
Mraz, who sits on the board of directors of the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance, was previously arrested for a road rage incident in 1999.
"... or by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000) ..."
In other words, they could still let him go with a fine of a couple thousand dollars and no other punishment.
He was acquitted of hit and run even though he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and then even according to the police report left the scene? What kind of idiots were on that jury?
Remember, in the eyes of the court, all he did was hit a stupid cyclist, and the prisons are overcrowded... I expect a minimum sentence.
03.14.12 - 2:02 pm