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Friday, August 21, 2015
John Kudla sentenced for attempted murder of relative in their Trabuco Canyon Home.
Posted by CotoBlogzz
Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. - John Kudla was sentenced today to 10 years in state prison for attempting to murder his relative as he slept in their Trabuco Canyon home
John Edward Kudla, 19, pleaded guilty on Jan. 16, 2015, to one felony count of attempted murder and one felony count of aggravated assault with a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury.
According to the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office, sometime before May 2013, Kudla moved into his relative's Trabuco Canyon home, where another family member also lived. The victim, John Doe, was a reserve sergeant for Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD), Search and Rescue.
At approximately 6:30 a.m. on May 22, 2013, Kudla woke up, took a large construction hammer from the kitchen area that was under renovation, and walked upstairs to John Doe's bedroom. Kudla used the hammer to hit the sleeping victim in the head nine times. Kudla then got dressed, ate breakfast, and told his other family member that John Doe was sick and would probably stay in bed all day. Kudla stole the victim's wallet and keys and drove John Doe's Volkswagen convertible to school. Kudla met up with his friends and drove the victim's vehicle to drop them off at a McDonald's restaurant, but did not go back to school.
At approximately 9:30 a.m., the family member found the victim injured and bleeding, and John Doe was transported by paramedics to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where he remained comatose in critical condition after an emergency life-saving surgery was performed. The victim suffered brain damage and severe injuries to his skull and required several brain surgeries.
Shortly after 1:00 p.m., a California Highway Patrol officer spotted the Volkswagen vehicle going northbound on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles County. Kudla was pulled over and taken into custody.
During the investigation, the hammer used in the attack was found rinsed off and left in a bathroom sink between the defendant's and victim's bedroom.
Deputy District Attorney Robert Goodkin prosecuted this case.