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Two convicted in Christmas Day beating

BARSTOW • Two men arrested for the Christmas Day beating of a Barstow man are scheduled to be sentenced in April.

Jonathan Brown, 24, and Rodney Woods, 21, were both convicted of assault with a deadly weapon likely to cause great bodily injury after pleading guilty to the charges Monday. The two also admitted they caused great bodily injury to the victim, making the crime a felony strike, according to Deputy District Attorney Lana Dallas.

The two were among five suspects charged with robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder of Ronald Ferrell, 55, on Dec. 25, 2011. Brown, Woods, Robert Harris, 25, Rahmaneisha King, 18, and Alyse Brown, 22, are alleged to have broken into the home Ferrell was staying at and beating Farrell to a point where he was “barely breathing,” previous records show.

Alyse Brown and King also are charged with attacking the female homeowner and face a second count of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury.

Earlier that day Ferrell had been involved in a domestic abuse altercation with his ex-girlfriend April Hearn, a Barstow police report showed. Following the dispute Hearn went to the hospital with cuts on her finger, chest, and singed hair on her head.

No domestic abuse charges have been filed yet against Ferrell for Hearn’s injuries, though Dallas could not discuss why because the information was not public.

Jonathan Brown and Woods are scheduled to be sentenced April 9, where they will face a prison sentence of three years in accordance with their plea agreement, Dallas said. They would have faced a maximum of 13 years, four months for their original charges.

Though not an original suspect, Tina Espinoza, 42, of Apple Valley, was convicted Thursday in Victorville for being an accessory to the crime. She was sentenced to 90 days in county jail and other court fees that same day.

A preliminary hearing for Brown, King, and Harris is scheduled for April 5 at Barstow Superior Court.

Contact the writer:
(760) 256-4123 or klucia@desertdispatch.com


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