by James Buchanan
An article from the L.A. Times reports “A man and a woman found dead in a condominium near Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach were identified Monday by the Orange County coroner’s office.”
“The Newport Beach Police Department said it is conducting ‘an active homicide investigation’ after the bodies of Darren Partch, 38, who lived in the residence, and Wendi Miller, 48, of Costa Mesa were found just after 9:30 p.m. Sunday at a complex in the 2100 block of East 15th Street…”
“…Miller’s son Luke Carpenter said Monday afternoon on Facebook that his mother had been shot.”
“Police spokeswoman Heather Rangel said a resident of the condominium arrived home after the Easter holiday weekend to find the bodies of his roommate and a woman who did not live there…”
“Miller, 48, was chief executive of Wings for Justice, a Newport Beach nonprofit that advocates for children in the family court system. She also was an advocate for people who have experienced domestic violence…”
“Friends said Partch grew up in Agoura Hills, played hockey for several years in several leagues around the country, and had been working as an account executive…”
Initial speculation on local talk radio was that an ex-husband or ex-boyfriend of the woman may have been stalking her, but that theory quickly fell apart.
A Fox news article reports “Newport Beach police have arrested 44-year-old Jamon Rayon Buggs of Huntington Beach in connection to a double homicide in Newport Beach.”
“At the time of the arrest, Buggs was already in custody at the Orange County Jail on unrelated charges stemming from a series of burglaries in the Irvine area on April 20-21, 2019. He is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bail pending double murder charges, Newport Beach police said…”
An article on Heavy.com reports “According to the Irvine Police Department, Buggs is a convicted felon. Online records show that he was previously charged with domestic battery.”
“According to Orange County court records, Buggs was already a felon in 1996 when he was arrested on September 1 and charged with felony vandalism causing damage of between $5,000 to $50,000, possession of a firearm by a felon, taking property from another and brandishing a firearm. He pleaded guilty to those charges. He was sentenced to 32 months in state prison and one year in jail.”
“In 2017, Buggs was charged with driving without a license and in 2018 he was cited for not having both front and rear license plates. In January 2019, Buggs was the target of a restraining order related to domestic violence.”
“In 2014, Buggs was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and reckless driving in Riverside County. He was sentenced to probation and two days in jail.”
“Buggs was twice arrested in San Diego County, in 1994 and in 2000, but details of those cases were not immediately available. Fresno County court records show that Buggs has been divorced since 2011 and has children with his ex-wife.”
So “Buggs” committed at least one felony prior to 1996. Then he vandalized someone’s property (perhaps an expensive new car) and caused thousands of dollars of damage and was caught with a firearm, which he had lost his right to carry due to his prior felony. That’s at least three serious felonies right there, but somehow the “Three-Strikes-You’re-Out” law did not kick in.
Liberal politicians and District Attorneys have taken the teeth out of the “Three Strikes” law, and if you keep your eye on crime news, you’ll notice a lot of stories about Black and Latino felons with many felonies on their records by the time they finally kill someone.
Add to that all the propositions and laws passed in recent decades designed to let criminals out of prison early.
In this case, a Black who should have been in jail, was walking around with a firearm and a White couple, who happened to get in his way wound up paying with their lives.