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UPDATE: Man pleads guilty in case of wild chase across SCV

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Posted: October 12, 2012 5:34 p.m.
Updated: October 12, 2012 6:38 p.m.

A 31-year-old Chatsworth man pleaded guilty today to multiple felony charges, including assault, carjacking, assault on a peace officer and kidnapping, in connection with a wild chase across the Santa Clarita Valley in December 2010.

Aaron Clay Tanner entered the plea after he was found insane when the crimes were committed. San Fernando Superior Court Judge David Gelfound, the same judge who found Tanner insane, is expected to formally commit the defendant to a state mental hospital Nov. 9.

“He’s going to be sentenced to 40 years and eight months, and he’ll be sentenced to a state mental hospital,” said Sandi Gibbons, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman.

Tanner stabbed his mother while the two were traveling on the freeway in the Newhall Pass, then took her car and drove up Highway 14, crashing into several other vehicles before stealing a minivan with a 4-year-old inside, according to officials.

Tanner stole and crashed a Sheriff’s Department patrol car before he was finally apprehended.

The child, the mother and several sheriff’s deputies were treated for injuries following the melee, according to a statement from the District Attorney’s office.

“This was a negotiated plea,” Gibbons said. “He was looking at a life sentence with the possibility of parole (based on the charges).”

Deputy District Attorney Richard Quinones, who prosecuted the case, negotiated the plea deal.

“Once the plea was entered into, the judge found him to be insane at the time the crimes were committed and will send him to a state mental institution, where he will be held,” Gibbons said.







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