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Fullerton man is found sane when he drowned son, 4

September 17, 2009 |  4:22 pm

A Fullerton man who was convicted of drowning his 4-year-old son was sane and criminally responsible for the murder, a jury decided today.

Gideon Walter Omondi, 38, had weekend custody of his son in September 2006 when he drowned the boy in his bathtub. Two hours later, he drove to the Fullerton Police Department and confessed to the murder.

Omondi told police that his son was being used by his ex-wife and the courts to make his life difficult. Killing him was better than being separated from him, Omondi said.

Eight months earlier, Omondi had tried to kill himself and his son by apparently attempting to set his car on fire but was stopped by a passing California Highway Patrol officer.

Omondi was convicted in the case earlier this month. Because he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, the same jury was then asked to decide whether Omondi was legally insane at the time of the crime.

Omondi faces a maximum sentence of 32 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced in November.

—Paloma Esquivel in Orange County


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