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Man who keyed neighbor's car could face 25 years under California's 'three-strikes' law

Last October, John Patrick Rogers allegedly keyed his neighbor's car in Huntington Beach.

If convicted of the alleged crime, Rogers could face 25 years to life if an Orange County Superior Court judge decides to count it as his third strike, officials say.

Rogers, 45, is expected to be charged with felony vandalism for causing more than $400 in damage, which could be his third strike under California's "three-strikes" law.

Rogers has two previous strikes for 2002 convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Robin Park. Rogers was arrested Oct. 18 by the Huntington Beach Police Department for keying and denting his neighbor's vehicle, said Huntington Beach police Lt. Russell Reinhart.

The maximum sentence for the felony charge is two to three years with no previous strikes, Park said.

Rogers also has other prior convictions and restraining orders against him. "We've arrested him I don't know how many times," Reinhart told the Huntington Beach Independent.

Rogers is also charged with contempt of court for disobeying court orders stemming from a separate incident and has prior convictions for misdemeanor lewd conduct in public and misdemeanor reckless driving from March 2003 to May 2004.

Read the full story here.

-- Britney Barnes reporting for the Huntington Beach Independent

Comments () | Archives (13)

3 strikes law IS NO JOKE!!! I know a guy who is doing life for stealing a snickers bar which turned out to be his final swing at the plate. DONT BREAK the law and you can rest easy. Otherwise guys like this get more and more violent

Yup... Lock him up for good!

Three Strikes was always meant for VIOLENT offenders. Using the law to lock someone away for something so minimal a crime would be asinine. Why should tax payers pay $50K/year to lock someone away for 25 years for keying a car?

Make him pay for the car to be repainted along with 100 community hours of graffiti removal. Don't punish taxpayers!

This is why the law was first enacted in 1994, to get societal pains in the rear into intense correctional treatment, cuz believe me, some people never learn. My only gripe is that they don't lock him up in Guatanamo Bay with the rest of antognastic ilk. Hee hee, I bet he's sweating and found God now.

I'm a bit torn on this one. While this guy is obviously a bad egg and needs some form of punishment, I think a completely non-violent act that is this small needs to have the prosecutor use his discretion.

A few months is reasonable for this type of offense for a repeat offender.
Now if there is additional information out there that shows he is an actual threat,
offering violence against his neighbor, then yes, throw away the key.

Three strikes has got to go.

I know some people will criticize the law for undue harshness, etc., but at what point does society say "enough," and hold people accountable for their actions? No one held a pistol to this guy's head and made him commit crimes, it was all on him and his lack of impulse control. In prison, he'll do no more vandalism of good people's property.

This is insane. If this man is locked up for life that is $45K year tab for the taxpayers to pickup. Please someone use common sense in this case.

This idiot sounds like a freaking maniac. Please PLEASE lock him up for a long time. It is abundantly clear that he is just a bad guy and has no redeeming contribution to society in any way, other than to hurt and destroy.

I say, when a preson is arrested 5 times, they should go to jail for life, just for being a lawless idiot.

Richard anc Clare,

Let me key scratch your car, break into your house, and vandalize your property day in and day out and suffer token punishments, only to get out and do it again. You'll start supporting the three strikes rule. How many strikes should this guy get? Five, 15, 30?

As a retired officer, I always thought the 3 strikes legislation sounded fine in theory, but in practice? I agree with Chief Daryl Gates....we simply can't afford it in the long run for it to be applied to any felony as the third strike. It needs to be reserved for only those felonies that are violent for the third strike to be applied. It always sounded to me like "sound bite' legislation used by politicians looking to enhance their standing with uninformed voters.

The judge is not going to count this as a strike and it will probably get kicked down to a misdemeanor. This is a waste of an article, just written to cause or stir up controversy. The state and county can't afford to lock up people for long periods of time. The average person who gets incarcerated only does 8% of the time given. But if you've got two strikes, and a number of other convictions or run in's with the law, then you probably should be locked up for the rest of your life. Imagine all the other crimes this guys committed and never been caught. It's hard to end up in jail if you are a law abiding citizen. You really have to screw up bad! And this guy continually seems to be screwing up! Wake up LA, not everybody deserves or is fit to live in society. The only people who seem to realize this are victims of crime!!!

@charley Walker - This guy has got less violent though, he attacked someones property, not the person. (And his previous convictions were for assault). Yes, he should face some punishment, but to pay $1250000.00, to imprison him for 25 years, as punishment for about $1000 worth of damage is more punishing for the taxpayers.


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