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Duo convicted of marijuana transport in Agua Dulce case

Posted: August 14, 2013 5:25 p.m.
Updated: August 14, 2013 5:25 p.m.

Two men accused of beating an Agua Dulce woman last year and kidnapping her adult son have been found not guilty of all kidnapping charges filed against them but guilty of felony transporting marijuana, an assistant district attorney said today.

After a full day’s deliberation Tuesday, a jury in Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse in Lancaster emerged with the verdicts, said Seza Mikikian.

“They were found guilty of transportation of marijuana,” she said Wednesday, “and found not guilty of all the kidnapping-related charges.”

The marijuana conviction is a felony.

Clyde St Aubyn Richards, 46, of Los Angeles and Collin Agustus Foster, 47, of Los Angeles spent the last two weeks on trial for the attack last year of a woman who lived in the 30000 block of Briggs Road in Agua Dulce.

Richards and Foster have remained in custody at the Pitchess Detention Center — one in the South Facility, the other in the North Facility — with bail set at $2 million each since they were arrested more than a year ago.
They are expected to be sentenced next month, Mikikian said.

Under state law, the pair could receive up to four years in prison.

Foster and Richers were arrested April 11, 2012, after a woman was found beaten in her Agua Dulce home.
Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies pulled over the men’s Nissan Pathfinder after the two fled south on Highway 14 at a high rate of speed.

Prosecutors alleged they beat a woman and then kidnapped her 23-year-old son while the mother was unconscious. At the time of the pair’s arrest, the son was found hiding in a nearby ravine.

Richards and Foster were charged with four kidnapping charges, three counts of assault with a firearm, two false imprisonment charges, two counts of criminal threats, a second-degree robbery charge and possession of marijuana with the intent to sell.

The jury found them guilty only of transportation of marijuana.
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