A former convict wanted for murder in Ventura was arrested in Mexico last month. Brian Ellis, 29, was arrested in Rosarito, Mexico after Ventura police received a tip that Ellis was in that area. The FBI and the US Marshal’s Service participated in the arrest and Ellis’ return to the US. Ellis faces murder and attempted murder charges for his role in the shooting death of Douglas Blasher at a home in Ventura. A 20-year old woman, who had a prior relationship with Ellis, was also shot at the same time. Another woman and a 16-month old baby were also in the home at the time of the shootings, but they were not injured.
Murder suspect has prior felony convictions
Ellis has a criminal record dating back to 2004, when he was convicted of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in Ojai, for which he served four years in prison.
This case illustrates an important element of California law. While a murder conviction can lead to the death penalty or life imprisonment with or without the possibility of parole, a history of felony convictions can also lead to a life sentence in California. California’s Three Strikes Law may require a judge to assess a lifetime imprisonment sentence when a defendant has a history of convictions for certain felonies.
An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to reduce or eliminate charges against you, and help you avoid the serious consequences of California’s dangerous Three Strikes Law.
If you’ve been accused of murder, attempted murder, assault or other serious felonies, Robert Helfend can help. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and Southern California for more than 30 years. He has established a solid reputation in Ventura Courts as an aggressive, thorough defender of his clients’ rights.
Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County murder case.
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