Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
CARE WORKER SENTENCED FOR BEATING DEPENDANT ADULT AT
AND RECORDING ATTACK ON CELL PHONE CAMERA
Co-defendant Michael Douglas Rama, 25, pleaded guilty on February 22, 2008 to one misdemeanor count of permitting a dependant adult to be injured. Rama was to testify truthfully about defendant Solis’ conduct. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 18, 2008 at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-18,
On April 12, 2006, Solis and Rama cornered a mentally disabled adult, Chris P., in a restroom at
On October 19, 2007, Hoffer dismissed the hate crimes charges and enhancements that had been filed by the People against Solis and Rama. The charges had been bound over at preliminary hearing by another judge. California hate crime law prohibits the use of force or threat of force by an individual in order to intimidate, interfere with, oppress, or threaten any other person in the exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the U.S. Constitution or laws of California or the United States because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability. The allegation if proved increases the sentence to four years in state prison if the act is “substantially motivated” by the victim’s disability.
Deputy District Attorney Scott Steiner of the Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted this case.