Four men sentenced in local surfer’s death

Four young men who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the beating death of a professional surfer in La Jolla were sentenced Sept. 5 to probation and jail time by a judge who told them to make the rest of their lives matter and honor the victim’s memory.

Orlando Osuna, 23, Eric House, 21, and Matthew Yanke, 22, each pleaded guilty on June 27 to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 24-year-old Emery Kauanui.

Osuna, who also pleaded guilty to three counts of misdemeanor battery for prior assaults, was sentenced to the longest jail term – 349 days.

Judge John Einhorn sentenced both Yanke and House to 210 days behind bars.

Hank Hendricks, also 22, got a 90-day jail term. He pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact.

All of the defendants were immediately taken into custody.

Before they were led away, the judge warned them that if they violated any terms of probation over the next three years, he would not hesitate to send them to prison.

“I’m taking a chance. Don’t disappoint me,” the judge told them.

Outside court, Yanke’s attorney, Kerry Steigerwalt, said, “The judge gave them a tremendous opportunity, each and every one of them.”

The man accused of throwing the punch that killed Kauanui, 22- year-old Seth Cravens, is scheduled to go on trial next month on second-degree murder and other charges.

The defendants got into a fight with Kauanui on May 24, 2007, outside his home following a drink-spilling incident at the nearby La Jolla Brew House.

During the fight, Cravens allegedly punched Kauanui, causing him to fall backward and hit his head. The victim died at a hospital four days later.

Related posts:

  1. On Stage Listing
  2. Old pros and young bucks bring burlesque to Kafka in ‘Trial’
  3. Numbers point to political gasoline price fixing
  4. North Coast Repertory Theater Annual Gala
  5. No matter what we say, they do what they want

Short URL: http://www.lajollalight.com/?p=9525

Posted by dmtprint on Sep 10, 2008. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

La Jolla Community Calendar

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • Del Mar Thoroughbred Club releases statement concerning turf course July 27, 2014
    “Del Mar is deeply saddened by the loss of Thoroughbred lives we have experienced at the track since the start of our season. Four of those losses have come on our new turf course. Despite that, we continue to have the utmost confidence in the course, as do our partners in this race meet — the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the California Thoroughbred Tr […]
  • Carmel Valley Library to host piano trio in concert July 27, 2014
    The 45-minute program will include music by Debussy, Schubert, and Dvorak. […]
  • Del Mar residents back from Sports Chalet trip July 27, 2014
    The grand prize included round-trip airfare for two to Kahului Airport, accommodations at the Lumeria Maui, and tickets to OluKai’s annual Ho’olaulea’a concert. […]