|For Immediate Release
Case # 07ZF0004
December 17, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
TWO MEN CONVICTED OF STABBING-MURDER AND ATTEMPTED MURDER OF BOUNCERS AT BAR AT NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
*Co-defendant charged with destroying evidence and helping one man flee the scene
SANTA ANA – Two men were convicted today of stabbing two bouncers, killing one, after being asked to leave a bar on New Year’s Eve for making disparaging remarks about Marines. Lorne Paul Kelley, 28, Big Bear, and Ricky Lee Nelson, 29, Hesperia, were found guilty by a jury of one felony count of murder and one felony count of attempted murder. A sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon was found true against Kelley, and he has a prior strike for a 2000 assault with a deadly weapon conviction. Kelley faces a maximum sentence of 70 years to life in prison and Nelson faces a maximum of 32 years to life in prison at their sentencing on Feb. 22, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-35, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Co-defendant Candie Kate Wilson, 47, Hesperia, is charged with one felony count of being an accessory after the fact and faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted. She is scheduled for a pre-trial on Jan. 23, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-35, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
In the early morning of Jan. 1, 2007, Nelson and Kelley were drinking at Time Out Tavern in Aliso Viejo with friends for New Year’s Eve. While at the bar, Nelson, who had formerly been in the Army, made disparaging remarks about Marines. Several of the bouncers and bar patrons were active or former Marines. Nelson and his friends, including Kelley, were ordered to leave the bar.
Nelson and Kelley became irate that they had been forced to leave the bar. They began yelling at the bouncers from the parking lot, took off their shirts, and attempted to draw the bouncer from the bar for a fight. Kelley took a knife from the trunk of his car.
While the defendants were in the parking lot, a patron of the bar was attempting to leave with his wife. The patron, an active Marine, was on leave after recently losing a leg while serving in Iraq. Nelson yelled at the man and attempted to punch him. Seeing the attempted attack, several bouncers entered the parking lot to intervene and subdue the defendants. Nelson and Kelley struggled with the bouncers and Kelley used his knife to stab two of them. He stabbed 21-year-old Brandon White once in the neck and stabbed 21-year-old Stephen Cirillo once in the neck and chest. White and Cirillo were transported to the hospital, where White was pronounced dead. Cirillo suffered minor injuries and was treated and released.
Nelson was detained at the scene by bouncers until police arrived. Kelley fled the scene and drove to Laguna Beach to meet Nelson’s aunt, Wilson. Wilson is accused of helping Kelley flee by driving him to Hesperia. She is accused of burning his tank top, which was covered in blood, and cleaning the blood from the inside of the car to conceal Kelley’s guilt.