FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The career criminal who inspired California's Three Strikes law has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of beating his girlfriend.
A Fresno County judge sentenced 53-year-old Douglas Walker on Monday. Walker's December conviction on charges of domestic violence was his third serous felony conviction, leading to an automatic life sentence in California because of the state's Three Strikes law.
Walker pleaded guilty to robbery and avoided a murder conviction for the 1992 slaying of 18-year-old Kimber Reynolds.
Reynolds' death and Walker's plea deal prompted her father to qualify a successful ballot measure that mandates tougher prison sentences for California's repeat offenders.
Walker's criminal record includes convictions for robbery and attempted robbery.
He'll be eligible to apply for release under the elderly parole program in 25 years.
The first members of a caravan of migrants from Central America are now in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of other migrants are currently traveling north through Mexico.
Authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify the dead as the search went on for victims of the most destructive wildfire in California history. The overall death toll from the outbreak of fires at both ends of the state stood at 25 Sunday and appeared likely to rise.
Santa Ana winds are forecast to pick up Monday and continue into Wednesday as firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties work to hold back the flames.
Strong and gusty Santa Ana winds, low humidity and warm temperatures will persist Monday, with a red flag warning denoting a strong risk of wildfire in effect in San Diego County as officials shut off power for several thousand customers as a safety precaution.
San Diego residents were urged to be ready to evacuate if brush fires erupt in their city with high Santa Ana winds forecast for Monday and a Red Flag Warning issued for the area.
A motorist with three children in her SUV was allegedly driving under the influence when she slammed head-on into another SUV in the Rancho Bernardo area Monday morning, injuring everyone in both vehicles, police said.
Walmart commits to providing support through cash and product donations of $500,000 to organizations in response to the severe wildfires that are impacting California.
Veterans Day fell on Sunday this year. Many government offices as well as other businesses recognize it on Monday by closing offices.
33-year-old Daniel Manrique was killed last week inside the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. He was just days away from completing a cross-country relay run right here in San Diego. Sunday he was honored on board the USS Midway Museum.