Kosatschenko, 20, was convicted last month of being a prohibited gun possessor and Pima County Superior Court Judge Christopher Browning placed him on four years probation Wednesday.
Defense Attorney Brad Roach told Browning it didn’t matter how long he placed Kosatschenko on probation, he knows he’ll be successful.
Kosatschenko, too, said he’d be a law-abiding citizen.
Kosatschenko was charged with being a prohibited possessor last June after he shot and paralyzed a possible shoplifter while working as a security guard at a south-side convenience store.
Kosatschenko shot Daniel Tarango to prevent Tarango from running over another guard, who had fallen under Tarango’s car while chasing suspected shoplifters, according to authorities.
The Pima County Attorney’s Office opted not to seek an indictment against Kosatschenko pertaining to the shooting but charged him with possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited possessor.
Kosatschenko lost his right to bear arms at age 13, when he was “adjudicated delinquent”on two counts of aggravated assault, a felony charge, and placed on probation.
During his one-day bench trial, Roach argued his client should be acquitted because the state Department of Public Safety issued Kosatschenko’s weapons permit without having checked Kosatschenko’s juvenile criminal history.
Deputy Pima County Attorney Kellie Johnson told Browning the DPS didn’t have all the relevant information about Kosatschenko because he lied on his Valley Protective Services job applications in 2008 and 2009.
When filling out the applications, Kosatschenko answered “No” when asked if he had ever been convicted of a crime and if he’d ever been placed on probation.
Johnson said although Kosatschenko now claims he didn’t know he was a prohibited possessor, he asked a judge to restore his civil rights, including his right to bear arms, four days after he turned 18, but was denied.
Kosatschenko could have received up to 3.75 years in prison as a result of his conviction.
Tarango is suing Circle K, Valley Protective Services and both security guards for unspecified damages.
He attended Wednesday’s hearing, but he and his attorney declined to comment.
By: Rick McCann/Staff
PRIVATE OFFICER NEWS
http://www.privateofficer.com/ Police responded overnight to an area nightclub after a security officer was shot.
They say the shooter – described as an Asian male wearing a white shirt and white hat – may have been kicked out of the club at Cedar & Shields just before the gunfire began but they are still investigating.
The suspect is thought to be driving a silver Lexus or Acura and fled the area after the shooting.
The security officer was transported to an area hospital and is said to have suffered a bullet wound to the shoulder .
Darin Duane Price, 38, of Brentwood, was charged Tuesday with two felonies — contacting a minor to commit a sexual offense and arranging a meeting with a minor to commit a sexual offense — and one misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child.
“He is an exemplary teacher and coach, father and husband, and the allegations appear to be out of character,” defense attorney Elizabeth Grossman said Wednesday at Price’s arraignment.
Police arrested Price on Friday after a senior in one of his math classes reported that he solicited her for sex. He remained in custody Wednesday at County Jail in Martinez on $100,000 bail.
Prosecutor Jon Yamaguchi said the student was taking a makeup exam on Jan. 21 when Price placed a $100 bill on a desk and asked her to disrobe in exchange for the money. When she refused, he laid down a second $100 bill.
When the incident was reported to police the next day, investigators sent Price a text message from the victim’s cell phone and arranged a meeting for sex, Yamaguchi said. He said Price arrived at the meeting location in Brentwood with alcohol, condoms and two $100 bills.
On Tuesday, the Heritage High varsity girls basketball team played at Pittsburg High, its first game without Price.
“I’m impressed at how they have come together in supporting each other,” Heritage interim coach Orland Caban said about his squad before the game. “From parents on down, we realize there’s nothing we can do (about the situation).”
Caban, an off-campus coach who has been an assistant with the program for three years, said he was asked Saturday by Heritage athletic director Pat Cruickshank if he would be available to coach the team. Caban said he did not learn specifics about the situation until he saw news reports Tuesday.
“I came to get these girls on the bus (Tuesday), and not anyone talked about it “… not a word. They all talked about (Tuesday’s) game,” said Caban, whose daughter Kiana is a senior on the squad.
“The girls were spoken to by administration (Monday) and told there’s nothing we can do about it. We can only hope for the best for the coach.”
Caban led practice Monday before Tuesday’s game, which Heritage won 48-42 in overtime. After the game, he said team members had no comment on the situation. Ten players suited up for the varsity squad.
“They focused on the game, played hard and pulled out a victory,” said Heritage Assistant Principal Dan Hanel, who attended the game.
Regan, who wore a police uniform from one of Marion County’s small towns, phoned in his report and turned the suspects’ handguns into the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department property room.
But when the IMPD later tried to find paperwork that should have gone to the prosecutor’s office, they came up empty.
That led to an investigation, and police learned Regan, 36, wasn’t a police officer of the town of Crows Nest — or a cop from any other place.
But he apparently liked to play one in his security gigs.
Regan was charged today with impersonating a police officer, theft, criminal confinement and possession of handgun without a permit. A raid of his apartment turned up dozens of police goods, including a bulletproof vest, holsters, 12 police uniform shirts, police patches, boots, duffel bags, pepper spray, handcuffs, three handguns and a rifle.
IMPD spokesman Matthew Mount said Regan had tried to get hired as a police officer with the Marion County sheriff in 2000 and with Crows Nest, a tiny incorporated town on the Northside, more recently.
But Regan was dismissed as a special deputy from the sheriff’s office for a larceny arrest and he didn’t make the cut with Crows Nest because he failed firearms training in the academy. He was also dismissed at some point from a security job with the county health department for impersonating a police officer.
Detectives said Regan wasn’t the most egregious of police impersonators; he legitimately thought he had arrest powers. And he would have had them — if he had ever been hired on by a police agency.
“This isn’t a case where we have a guy who bought all this police stuff so he could go victimize people,” said Mount, adding that Regan could have legally bought the police merchandise. “But he erroneously believed he had police powers. He didn’t. He might have been deluding himself.”
Regan was charged with confinement because he might have handcuffed the suspects outside the Walker Theatre, 617 Indiana Ave. — that point is still being investigated — and the theft charge is for confiscating the handguns.
Upon arrival, officers located several groups of juveniles fighting. Officers stopped the fights, arrested two teens and detained an 18-year-old male.
A security guard was treated for an injury she sustained while trying to assist with dispersing the suspects.
Additional charges are pending further investigation.
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