Former L.A. County sheriff's deputy convicted of shooting gun, endangering children
A former Los Angeles County deputy was convicted Thursday of filing a false police report against her ex-husband and firing a gun in her Westminster home that endangered nearby children, authorities said.
Patricia Margaret Bojorquez, 43, was sentenced to one year in jail and five years of probation, the Orange County district attorney's office said. She was off duty at the time of the crimes.
Prosecutors said Bojorquez falsely reported to Huntington Beach police that her ex-husband was sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female relative. She lied about the incident because she was upset over custody issues, the district attorney's office said.
Bojorquez is on probation for two DUI convictions in Orange County, the district attorney's office said.
In the shooting incident, the bullet pierced a window and hurtled toward a frontyard where children were playing, prosecutors said. They allege that Bojorquez showed disregard for the safety of the youngsters, who were directly in the line of fire. Her brother and fiance were in the home at the time of the shooting and called police.
Bojorquez left the department in June, authorities said.
-- Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Patricia Margaret Bojorquez. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office