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Steve Foley's Companion found GUILTY

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Trumpet_Man, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/6741944

    Foley's companion found guilty of assault
    Associated Press
    Posted: 21 hours ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - A woman who was with San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley the night he was shot by an off-duty police officer was found guilty Thursday of felony assault with a deadly weapon.

    Lisa Maree Gaut was convicted of trying to run down officer Aaron Mansker with Foley's car. Foley had gotten out of the car to confront Mansker, who fired a series of shots into the linebacker's left leg, hip and hand.
    The 26-year-old Gaut also was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges of drunken driving, but was acquitted of a charge of assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer. At the time of the shooting, Mansker was in street clothes and did not display his police badge.

    Prosecutors argued that Gaut gunned the car, which was pointed at Mansker, after the shooting.

    She testified at trial that she was trying to help Foley. Her attorneys argued in court that Mansker was an inexperienced officer who made a number of bad decisions, including failing to show his badge.

    Gaut said little in court after the verdicts were read, speaking only to answer the judge's procedural questions in a low, quiet voice. Outside the courtroom, she held back tears as her attorney, Ray Vecchio, told reporters he blamed the guilty verdict on Foley's refusal to testify on Gaut's behalf.

    "He refused to talk to us from the beginning," Vecchio said.

    Attorneys for Foley said their client declined to testify in Gaut's trial because he faces two misdemeanor drunken driving counts stemming from the incident. Foley has pleaded not guilty and his case is set to go to trial May 7.

    Gaut faces up to four years in prison when she is sentenced in June, said prosecutor Jim Koerber. Two years may be added to her sentence because on the night of the shooting she was out on bail on felony auto-theft charges in Northern California. That case is pending in Solano County, Vecchio said.

    Mansker, a 23-year-old rookie officer with the Coronado Police Department, tailed Foley's car for about 30 miles on a freeway from downtown San Diego to the upscale suburb of Poway on suspicion the driver was drunk. The officer, who was driving his own car, ended up cornered in a cul-de-sac in front of Foley's home.

    Mansker testified that he identified himself repeatedly as a police officer and fired at Foley after the player reached for his waistband. Foley was unarmed. Mansker is still under investigation for his actions, said district attorney's spokesman Paul Levikow.

    Foley now walks with a limp and was released from his contract with the Chargers in March, shortly after filing a civil suit against Mansker and the city of Coronado. The outside linebacker missed last season and wasn't paid his $775,000 salary, and has lost millions more he would have earned had he continued playing until his contract expired in 2009.

    "We know Steve isn't going to be playing again," said Foley's attorney, Jordan Cohen. "So this is really positive for us — it's implicit that the jury believes they didn't recognize Mansker as a police officer."
     
  2. Electric Chair

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    That will increase the African-American population in Coronado to grand total of one.
     
  3. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    The dude could have had his choice of trim and instead selected this chick who has not gotten rid of the crabs from her last jail sentence.

    Money makes some of these players turn into fuggin' idiots.
     
  4. sdchrger

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    The one thing that Foley's people and Mansker's people could agree upon was that Gaut could take a fall in order to help their cases.
     
  5. rexy2006

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    The local fishwrap, the UT's version:

    Foley's friend guilty</HL1></HEDLINE>
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    <HEDLINE><HL2>Gaut convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, drunken driving
    </HL2></HEDLINE><B><BYLINE>By Dana Littlefield</BYLINE></B>
    <BYTTL>STAFF WRITER</BYTTL> <STORY.DATE>April 27, 2007</STORY.DATE>

    <BODY.CONTENT>DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO – She may not have known he was a police officer, but Lisa Maree Gaut's actions put him in danger during a confrontation in a darkened Poway cul-de-sac five months ago, a jury decided.

    <TABLE cellPadding=2 width=284 align=right><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG]
    NELVIN C. CEPEDA / Union-Tribune​
    Lisa Maree Gaut left court after being found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and drunken driving during the Sept. 3 incident where Chargers linebacker Steve Foley was shot by an off-duty officer.


    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>That's why the jury chose to convict Gaut of a felony assault charge for driving toward off-duty Coronado Officer Aaron Mansker, while acquitting her of the more serious charge of assault on a peace officer.

    Yesterday the panel of eight men and four women announced the verdict it reached Wednesday after four days of deliberations: Gaut was found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon – an Oldsmobile – and drunken driving.

    The confrontation took place early Sept. 3, when Chargers linebacker Steve Foley was shot by Mansker, who said he followed the pair from San Diego because he suspected Foley was driving drunk.

    San Diego Superior Court Judge Charles Rogers scheduled a sentencing hearing for June 22, when Gaut, who is now free on $35,000 bail, could be sent to prison for more than four years.
    Her sentence may be influenced by what happens in a felony case pending in Northern California, prosecutors said. She was arrested in July 2004 in Solano County and charged with driving a stolen vehicle and receiving stolen property.


    <TABLE cellPadding=2 width=284 align=right><TBODY><TR><TD>[​IMG]
    NELVIN C. CEPEDA / Union-Tribune​
    Gaut fought back tears while her attorney, Raymond Vecchio, spoke with reporters after the verdict. Gaut remains free on $35,000 bail.


    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Outside the courtroom, prosecutor James Koerber said he was pleased with the verdict, noting that the jurors clearly believed Mansker's testimony. Gaut, 26, had tears in her eyes as she stood by her lawyer, Raymond Vecchio, who spoke to reporters. Vecchio said the outcome of the case might have been different if Foley had testified.
    “Shame on Mr. Foley, quite frankly. He disappeared,” Vecchio said.

    Foley, 31, faces misdemeanor drunken driving charges and is scheduled to go to trial May 7. His attorney, John “Jack” Phillips, did not return a call seeking comment.

    However, one of Foley's civil lawyers – Jordan Cohen – said in an interview that Foley had been advised not to testify because he is still under threat of criminal prosecution. Had he been subpoenaed, he would have invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, Cohen said.

    Foley, who the Chargers released in February, has sued the city of Coronado and Mansker.

    A few jurors said outside the courtroom that they had little trouble deciding whether Gaut was guilty of misdemeanor drunken driving. Her blood alcohol level was 0.15 percent a few hours after her arrest, according to the testimony.

    They also didn't take long to acquit Gaut of assault on a peace officer.

    “We actually decided that issue pretty quickly, after an hour's debate or less,” said juror Art Mills. “He didn't show the badge.”
    But the jurors said there was much more debate over whether Gaut had driven Foley's 1971 customized Oldsmobile Cutlass in a way that endangered Mansker. After spending several hours reviewing an expert witness's testimony, they reached their decision.

    “We concluded that she had turned in his direction,” Mills said.
    The jurors said a court-arranged trip to Travertine Court, where the shooting occurred, was particularly helpful.

    “That was just a complete eye-opener because you see these pictures,” said juror Debby Dreischmeyer. “The pictures are kind of blown up, and then when you actually get there and see how small it really is.”

    Mansker, 24, testified that he followed Foley and Gaut from the Balboa Park area to Poway after seeing Foley driving erratically on state Route 163. Mansker said he radioed a dispatcher from his black Mazda to ask for assistance and continued to follow Foley's car.

    He said he had several confrontations with Foley after both cars got off Interstate 15 at Pomerado Road. When they reached Travertine Court, Foley got out of his car and approached the officer, Mansker testified. That's when the officer decided to give up and drive away, he said, but he soon realized he had driven into a cul-de-sac.

    When he turned around, he saw Foley walking up the hill with Gaut – now driving the Oldsmobile – following slowly behind, he said.

    Mansker said he fired a warning shot into a dirt berm, and Gaut drove the car straight at the officer. He fired at the hood of the Oldsmobile, which passed behind him before crashing into a curb.
    Mansker said Foley continued to approach and reached for his waistband, as if for a gun. The officer fired, wounding Foley in the knee, hip and hand. Foley was unarmed.

    Gaut, who is unemployed and lives in Linda Vista, testified that she got behind the wheel of Foley's car only after he had been shot. She said she was trying to come to his aid, but had trouble driving the car.
     
  6. Boltdiehard

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    Damn man he musta been buzzed to wanna hit that roughneck. :icon_eek:
     
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    O'reilly coined it well when he said that Mansker should have never gotten himself in a situation that he had to shoot his way out of.

    An off duty officer, let his emotions get the better of him and followed a "drunk driver" home.... didn't properly identify himself, didn't wait for back up, shot an unarmed man...............

    Is the rumor true that in CA, a cop can phone in a report of someone appearing to be driving under the influence... The cops can go to the person's home within a certain amount of time.... get them out of bed and bring them in for testing???? If this is true, Mansker effed up big time.

    Like I've said before. All three of the persons involved in this fiasco erred. I believe that Mansker erred the worst as he was the "professional". He'll probably walk away basically unscathed while Gault and Foley have suffered severe consequences. Even though Foley may have the last laugh in the end, Gaut was basically sold down the river as no jury will side against the SDPD, it appears.
     
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    I agree.
     
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    Mansker followed Foley for 30 miles; did the cops follow OJ in the white Bronco that far?? :icon_shrug: :icon_huh:
     
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    Mansker is just lucky he didn't do that **** on my street, or he would have left in a body bag.

    I can't believe he's still employed and not in jail himself .....
     
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    I'd be willing to bet Mansker is about 5'7 and got fuced with in high school and dude has short mans/small dic syndrome and being a cop was a perfect outlet for that clown. We've all seen the type. :yes:
     
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    Maybe he was a denver fan:deadhorse:
     
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    F that **** they would have to prove it and I wouldn't say a fuggin word IF they were able to get me to go with them. :no: Seems like it would be pretty easy to beat that.
     
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    booConc's feet are bigger than Mansker.
     
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    I know what you are saying BDH... that is why there is some kind of time frame within which this confrontation can take place.

    Yes, this might be an easy thing to "beat"

    My point in bringing this up is that Mansker had sooooo many other options available to him, yet chose one that had the most liklihood of ending badly.
     
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    I see what you're saying but that's a BS law and IS NOT good enough reason to let them in my home especially without a warrant.
     
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    No and I have no desire to go at it with Conc. :no:
     
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    I'm fairly certain it's only used in "special circumstances" and the Foley case was more than likely a perfect example. :yes:
     
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    Candy-***......

    He won't respect you unless you whip his *** a few times in forum gladiator battles.
     
  20. Boltdiehard

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    I'm sure it will happen sooner or later.
     
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    The operative words being "certain circumstances"..... such as an off duty officer following someone for 30 miles...with no back up arriving until after the suspect had entered his home.
     
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    people v thompson sub-machine gun..?
     
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    this whole case is why civilians should all carry guns... "out the car foley!", not today says foley bang, bang, haha.....um what was my lawyers # again???:icon_huh:
     

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