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Mraz Ordered to Undergo Mental Evaluation, Sentencing Delayed

Mraz's sentencing date has been moved to June 29, 2012.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge last week ordered Mount Washington's Louis Mraz to undergo a 90-day mental diagnostic period, following a conviction on charges of running down a cyclist in his convertible on Avenue 50 in May of 2011.

Mraz was last month convicted of one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of violating section 240 of the California Penal Code, which is defined as "an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another."

The jury acquitted Mraz of one count of hit and run.

"The diagnostic report will be used to determine what type of sentence is appropriate for [Mr. Mraz]," said Ross Hirsch, the civil attorney for Winona Wacker, who has been monitoring the case in the courtroom. 

According to a Los Angeles Police Department report, Mraz then "drove violently into the left side of Wacker’s bike causing her to fall and tumble to the pavement.  Mraz then left the area, leaving Wacker with numerous cuts and abrasions."

The California Penal Code states that "any person who commits an assault upon the person of another with a deadly weapon or instrument other than a firearm or by any means of force likely to produce great bodily injury shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment."

Mraz, who sits on the board of directors of the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance, was previously arrested for a road rage incident in 1999.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Mraz was first sentenced to 45 days community service on a Caltrans crews for punching a 72-year-old man in the face following a traffic incident.

The full Times article can be found here.

The article further states that Mraz, who was 51 years old at the time, was placed on three years summary probation and ordered to publicly apologize to the victim in the Mount Washington Newsletter by Judge Ramona G. See.

ezio giraldo April 06, 2012 at 06:37 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=b7AVC1YCcO0 more aholes like this mraz guy
Carl Showalter April 06, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Citizen's arrest! Awesome!
steve humann April 18, 2012 at 06:30 PM
oh shut up about your racism. this is classism. the guy had a car and the chick he hit didn't. I don't care what else they own at home in garages, this is classism and the guy in the car (unless maybe he rapes the injured cyclist after he runs her off the road) is *always* going to get off on the simple principle of us-vs.-them. in this case the "us" is the people who can afford to go do jury duty because they're part of the system where having a car is being the apex predator. we all want to be the apex predator right? you know how the LASD makes all their deputies do a stretch in county before they're allowed to do beer runs and beat up whores with the rest of the guys? I think that people who get driver's licenses (particularly bus and truck drivers btw) should all have to do several years behind some self-powered handlebars before they get any privileges to drive their multi-ton murder-machines anywhere.
Susan R April 19, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Ferrous, I don't know what planet your on but if your white and do not experience racism you must either live in a bubble or do not shop or stop in your community or live in Northeast. Some of the worst racial names I have been called come from members from Divine Saviour Catholic church, and that includes one of their employees. So, please stop recycling the racism. Stop the cycle. This case has nothing to do with race. It only has to do with class. This guy thinks he is better than anyone else because he has money.
ezio giraldo May 20, 2012 at 12:22 AM
a driver in pasadena almost killed me a few hours ago. my bike is trashed. i want a lawyer to help with replacing my bike i care more about the property damage than whatever injuries i have... bicycle is how i get to school and work and it all i got. vthe police were called and a report was taken. i havent spoke with any attorneys yet. i read this article. seeing how the incident took place in may 2011 and wont conclude till june 29th just saddens me. i dont have the time or energy to go thru all that...the cop didnt give a dam the person that hit me dont give a dam. if your are an attorney or know one that does. please forward me their contact info to edenooch@gmail.com. i am looking for the attornney that represented this victim

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