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Friday, October 31, 2014

Young Irvine Man Convicted of Murder of Father
While a lot of crime happens out on the street between strangers, many of the most serious offenses happen inside the home between family members.  Some of these crimes are the result of mental illness, others occur out of anger or fear.  In a recent Orange County case, a young man has been convicted of killing his father in their Irvine home. 

Steven Bruno shot his father Ernest Bruno after the two had an argument about Steven’s circumstances.  Steven’s parents were divorcing and he was living with his father, Ernest Bruno, in a Newport Beach condo.  According to Steven, Ernest became angry with him because he could not find a job.  His father packed the car with Steven’s things and the two began to verbally argue and physically fight.  Steven claims that he became fearful so he grabbed his father’s pistol and locked himself in the bathroom.  He says that he planned to commit suicide but instead exited the bathroom and shot his father twice.  He then took his father’s money and car, locked the body in the home office and started driving to Ohio to see his internet girlfriend.  Steven’s brother arrived at the condo, found pools of blood and stained linens and called the police.  The police found Ernest’s body in the office.  Steven was eventually arrested in Colorado after being pulled over for a broken taillight and speeding.

Steven confessed to shooting his father but claims that it was out of fear.  His attorneys claim he was suffering from mental illness at the time of the shooting.  At trial, the prosecutor tried to paint Steven as a cold-blooded killer.  But, the defense maintained that the killing was accidental.  The jury found the prosecutor’s case more believable and handled down a guilty verdict.  Steven is now facing 40 years in prison.

If you have been implicated or charged with homicide or another serious violent crime, you need a seasoned criminal defense attorney on your side.  Contact Orange County, California attorney Mark Raymond McDonald at (888)-686-7874 for a consultation today.


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