LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says prosecutors wrongly allowed a man accused of four murders to receive drug treatment instead of serving prison time when his case was heard in September.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/UQLZCX ) suspect Ka Pasasouk was arrested for drug possession while on probation, and probation officials recommended his imprisonment because of his long criminal record.
But Pasasouk was deemed eligible for a drug diversion program under Proposition 36, which changed the original Three Strikes law from mandated life sentences for anyone convicted of a third felony to require the third strike to be a violent or serious felony.
Pasasouk is accused of fatally shooting 24-year-old Amanda Ghossein, 26-year-old Jennifer Kim, 34-year-old Robert Calabia and 49-year-old Teofilo Navales early Dec. 2 outside a home.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com
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