Former security guard O’Connor’s trial pushed back |

Former security guard O’Connor’s trial pushed back

by Gregory Crofton, Tribune staff writer

The trial of Thomas O’Connor, a 23-year-old man charged with the second-degree murder of a South Shore boy, has been pushed back to Nov. 29.

El Dorado Superior Court Judge Suzanne Kingsbury continued the trial because the defense is seeking new information concerning the case.

“There is some additional information we’re attempting to obtain,” said court-appointed defense attorney Jordan Morgenstern. “We have obtained some of it, but we’re waiting for more. We’ll probably need a court order prior to receiving some of it.”

O’Connor, an off-duty security guard, shot and killed 16-year-old Brad Parent Feb 9. He died at Barton Memorial Hospital from a gunshot wound to his chest.

O’ Connor could be sentenced to 35 years to life in prison if he is convicted of second-degree murder.

Parent and three teen-age girls went to O’Connor’s apartment in February and the group began toying with the gun, handcuffs and baton O’Connor used as a security guard at High Sierra Patrol.

After playing “psych-out” games, things got more serious when O’Connor reportedly loaded a bullet into the .38-caliber revolver. O’Connor allegedly pointed the gun at Parent, a foot from his chest, and pulled the trigger five times and on the fifth time the gun went off killing Parent, police reported.

O’Connor believed he could squeeze the trigger five times without firing the bullet, police said.

In an unrelated case, O’Connor is charged with having unlawful sexual intercourse with a teen-ager.

Police reported that O’Connor had intercourse with a 17-year-old in a South Lake Tahoe motel room Jan. 27.

Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe said a person convicted of having sex with a minor could be sentenced to three years in prison, but in O’Connor’s case, if he is convicted of second-degree murder, the maximum sentence he could receive for the unlawful sex is eight months in prison.

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