October 14, 2010 By Paul Wallin

P.C. 206, P.C. 236, P.C. 273d(A) – Guilty Pleas For Three People Accused Of Abusing 16-Year-Old Boy

On October 13, three defendants pled guilty to false imprisonment by violence, corporal injury to a child, and multiple other felonies related to the alleged child abuse of a 16-year-old boy for nearly a year.  Each will serve at least 40 years in prison.

Defendants Michael Schumacher and his wife Kelly Layne Lau met defendant Caren Ramirez through a mutual friend.  The boy was previously in foster care and Ramirez was his legal guardian.  Ramirez and the boy eventually moved in and lived with Schumacher and Lau.

While in the defendants’ custody, the boy was reportedly chained to the coffee table, beaten daily, went days without food, and one time was burned with a metal baseball bat that had been heated in the fireplace.

The boy escaped after he found a key that unlocked his restraints and used a trampoline to jump an eight foot wall.  He sought refuge at a local gym, where personnel found him dressed only in his boxers and covered in soot.  He was dragging a three foot long chain attached to his ankle.

The defendants faced life in prison for allegedly torturing the boy, but prosecutors agreed to drop the torture charge in return for their guilty pleas.

Under California Penal Code section 206, “[e]very person who, with the intent to cause cruel or extreme pain and suffering for the purpose of revenge, extortion, persuasion, or any sadistic purpose, inflicts great bodily injury. . .upon the person of another is guilty of torture.”  Torture is punishable by life in prison, but if torture leads to death, the person can be punished by life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.  (P.C. 206.1; P.C. 190; P.C. 190.2(a).)

Under California Penal Code section 236, “false imprisonment is the violation of the personal liberty of another.”  False imprisonment through the use of violence is punishable by 16 months, two years, or three years in prison.  (P.C. 237(a).)

Under California Penal Code section 273d(a), “any person who willfully inflicts upon any child cruel or inhuman corporal punishment or an injury resulting in a traumatic condition” is guilty of either a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine or a felony punishable by two, three, or four years in prison.

If you or someone you know has been accused of child abuse, you will need an experienced Southern California criminal defense attorney who will vigorously represent you.  At Wallin & Klarich, we have helped people accused of child abuse-related crimes for over 40 years.  Call us today at (888) 280-6839. We will be there when you call.

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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