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POSTED December 14, 2012 8:41 p.m.

JURY: LAPD MUST PAY $24M FOR SHOOTING OF BOY, 13: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has ruled the Los Angeles Police Department must pay $24 million for a 13-year-old boy shot by an officer and paralyzed as he played with a replica gun.

The Friday award two years after the shooting of Rohayent Gomez is believed to be the largest sanction ever against the LAPD for one incident.

Witnesses at trial said two officers approached Gomez as he was reloading his gun with plastic pellets.

They said an officer gave one command of "don't move" then fired a shot that hit Gomez in the chest.

Chief Charlie Beck said after the verdict that while the shooting is a tragedy for the young man, the gun he held was indistinguishable from a real one on a dark night.

MOR ETHAN HALF OF VOTERS USED MAIL: SACRAMENTO . (AP) — More than half of voters in California cast mail-in ballots in the November election — the highest rate yet for a general election, the secretary of state said Friday. Voter turnout was 72 percent.

Voters were able to register online for the first time after Bowen implemented a new system with the state's 58 county clerks. About 590,000 people registered via the Internet during the 34 days the system was operating.

PETALUMA TO PAY $500K TO MAN BITTEN BY COP DOG : PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California city has agreed to pay $500,000 to a man who was bitten by a police dog, leaving him with a missing chunk of biceps.

The settlement between the city of Petaluma and Edward Hogya was reached this week. Hogya had filed a lawsuit alleging police used excessive force when they arrested him in December 2010 following a report that he had made threats.

Police officers who arrived at Hogya's house said he was verbally confrontational, and they believed he may have been armed.

A police officer released his dog, and the animal bit the then-65-year-old Hogya.

Hogya wasn't armed, and he says he never threatened anyone. Prosecutors dismissed the charges.

ARCHITECT SENTENCED FOR SEEKING VIDEOTAPED MURDER: SANTA ANA  (AP) — A Chicago architect could spend the rest of his life in a California prison for raping his ex-girlfriend then asking an inmate to kill her and videotape the attack so he could watch it on Christmas, prosecutors said.

Mark Alan Jarosik, 46, apologized Thursday after being sentenced to 31 years to life in prison, the Orange County Register reported.

Jarosik pounded the woman's head on a curb in 2009 until he was subdued by the woman's neighbors, prosecutor Jennifer Walker told jurors during trial. At the time, he was free on bail after being charged with raping and sodomizing her and violating a restraining order.

Jarosik testified that he punched the woman in the face, pushed her in the gutter and bashed her head into the curb in what he called "a rash impulse." He said he never wanted to kill her.

 

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