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

May 28, 2010 |  8:37 am

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