Teen going to jail for a year
Christopher Hourula apologized to his family but not to his victims. A fact that El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Peter O’Hara hammered the 18-year-old with Thursday at his sentencing.
Hourula and Keenan Sims, also 18, were arrested Jan. 31 after a group of seven to 10 men armed with baseball bats destroyed property and terrorized several residents in a home on Oakland Avenue. After the arrest in January, Hourula was also linked with another similar home invasion in November 1998. He later plead guilty to both crimes.
Hourula’s defense attorney Richard Specchio told the court that since his arrest Hourula has turned his life in a positive direction by obtaining his G.E.D. and playing baseball. Hourula’s coach was on hand and testified that Hourula had a promising career in the game and had been scouted by several colleges.
“In a 30-minute argument there was not one mention of the victims in this case, not one apology,” O’Hara said. “He is sorry for his family and himself.”
Judge Jerald Lasarow agreed that Hourula showed a lack of remorse towards the victims of his crimes and sentenced him to one year in the El Dorado County Jail and ordered him to pay more than $10,000 in restitution to his victims. He was also placed Hourula on five years probation and ordered him to seek substance abuse counseling.
According to investigators, Hourula was part of the “21 Gang,” a gang formed at South Tahoe High School, which before the November incident was mostly involved in minor infractions. In the January home invasion on Oakland Avenue investigators said Hourula was part of a group that destroyed several cars, broke into the residence and proceeded to destroy the inside of the home. The residents locked themselves in an upstairs room.
Sims is scheduled for sentencing next month.
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