Sentencing set after guilty plea to multiple felony charges

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Geoffrey Hayden Sims, 34, will be sentenced Aug. 8 after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and evading police with reckless driving in the police shooting of his passenger, Kelsey Hauser.

Sims also pleaded guilty to resisting an executive officer in the Jan. 16 incident in which an El Cajon Police officer fired shots into the car as it was driven towards the officer at 1:30 a.m. in the 300 block of South Pierce St.

Geoffrey Hayden Sims, 34, will be sentenced Aug. 8 after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and evading police with reckless driving in the police shooting of his passenger, Kelsey Hauser.

Sims also pleaded guilty to resisting an executive officer in the Jan. 16 incident in which an El Cajon Police officer fired shots into the car as it was driven towards the officer at 1:30 a.m. in the 300 block of South Pierce St.

Sims has agreed to accept a term of seven years and four months in prison, said prosecutor Jihan Yacoub. Sims pleaded guilty before El Cajon Superior Court Judge Daniel Lamborn.

After he pleaded guilty to three counts, charges of murder, assault on a police officer, receiving a stolen car, and auto theft were dismissed. The car was stolen in Colorado where both Sims and Hauser are from.

El Cajon Police said the officer fired while fearing for his life as the stolen Toyota Yaris came towards him. Hauser and a dog in the front seat were killed. The car crashed into another police vehicle.

Sims and two passengers in the back seat were unharmed. Sims remains in jail without bail.

Ramona man sentenced to state prison for molestation

Daniel Wayne Hogan, 40, of Ramona, was sentenced July 21 to 24 years in state prison after pleading guilty to two counts of continuous molestation of two girls over a period of years.

Hogan received credit for 225 days in jail from El Cajon Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein. Hogan originally was charged with 45 counts of molestation of two girls stemming from incidents in 2004 to 2011, and would have faced 400 years in prison had he convicted at a trial.

Hogan pleaded guilty to the two most serious charges and the other counts were dismissed. The girls did not have to testify in open court.

Spring Valley man to pay restitution for bank bribery

Annand Sliuman, 35, of Spring Valley, was ordered July 18 to pay $922,582 in restitution for bank bribery in which he paid a bank official money she demanded in exchange for getting a $1.8 million loan for his East County business.

No additional jail time was ordered as Sliuman was given credit for several days in jail by U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Battaglia on terms of three year’s probation.

Battaglia set the monthly payment amount at $500 per month for Sliuman, whose attorney says he works 12-16 hours per day as a restaurant consultant. 

Sliuman once operated a sushi restaurant in El Cajon and a Lakeside grocery store, but lost his business and home when he couldn’t pay the loan back. There was also fallout after federal charges indictments were issued of others connected with the failure of La Jolla Bank in 2010.

His attorney filed paperwork that said Sliuman only received $393,234 in the $1.8 loan because most of the loan went for various equipment lease payoffs, another loan payoff, and a $15,000 payment to Amalia Martinez, 52, a bank manager at La Jolla Bank.

Martinez pleaded guilty to misapplication of bank funds, and she will be sentenced Aug. 22. Martinez faces up to five years in federal prison and remains free on $25,000 bond.

One of Sliuman’s former employees, Laura Ortuondo, 36, of Cupertino, pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal agents in which she aided Sliuman by submitting two tax forms that were not correct. Ortuondo was fined $3,000 and placed on three year’s probation. 

Jocelyn J. Brown, 60, a former loan broker, pleaded guilty to making a false statement about the bank bribe, and will be sentenced Aug. 15. She remains free on $20,000 bond.