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Man who accidently shot wife pleads guilty

[Press Release from Humboldt County District Attorney.]

Breonna Roberts

On Monday, May 2, 2011, James Arnold Roberts, 30, of Somes Bar, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the December 18, 2010 shooting of his wife, Breonna Lynn Roberts. Mr. Roberts also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and no contest to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Roberts is scheduled to be sentenced on June 20, 2011 by Superior Court Judge, W. Bruce Watson and faces a maximum of 4 years 8 months in state prison.

On December 18, 2010 in Orleans, Roberts fatally shot his wife during an altercation with local youth the Roberts suspected of stealing their vehicle. No one else was injured in the incident.

“This was a terrible tragedy for everyone involved,” noted Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos. “A tragedy that could have been avoided if Mr. Roberts had chosen not to take the law into his own hands.”

This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jeremiah Ross.

  1. Decline To State
    May 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Probation. This man is not a threat to society nor can he be punished any more than he already has been. He has lost his wife and at his own hands. He will live with that the rest of his life. Nothing is to be gained by jailing him.

  2. Plain Jane
    May 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    So avoidable and sad, over a piece of junk.

  3. May 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I know when someone steals from you you want to hurt them, it is human nature, but it is not self defense.
    As we see from this story, tragic things happen in the heat of the moment, and if anyone takes anything from this let it be that:

    NO POSSESSIONS ARE WORTH YOUR LIFE, OR THE LIFE OF A LOVED ONE.

    ’nuff said.

  4. Ponder z
    May 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    so now possestion of a firearm is a crime? It must be a misprint form the DA office. Should be assault weapon. It was an AK type?. But Kalifornia legal just the same.

  5. Walt
    May 2, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    If I recall, this was the kind of “rough justice” (DIY law enforcement) Terry Farmer once called for.

  6. Decline To State
    May 3, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Ponder, the Times Standard articles from the time of the incident said quite specifically that he was being charged with possessing an assault rifle. I assume they were talking about a fully automatic weapon. Illegal in CA.

  7. May 3, 2011 at 7:02 am

    “so now possestion of a firearm is a crime?”

    Apparently, he’s been in a coma since the 1970s.

  8. May 3, 2011 at 8:14 am

    “Decline To State says:
    May 3, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Ponder, the Times Standard articles from the time of the incident said quite specifically that he was being charged with possessing an assault rifle. I assume they were talking about a fully automatic weapon. Illegal in CA.”

    Maybe he was a felon, and as such not legally allowed to posses a firearm of any kind.

  9. Curley
    May 3, 2011 at 9:34 am

    He was a felon and was charged with being a felon in posession of the gun. This could have gone down with multiple deaths. He’s getting off easy. They had their car back and went looking to punish the thieves with an assault rifle. Stupid!

  10. May 3, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Any number of firearms can be considered assault rifles in California, depending often on cosmetic criteria. It is legal to own so- called assault rifles in this state provided they were registered with the state some years ago. I forget the effective dates.

    As a felon the guy would have been prohibited from possessing any firearms, much less those considered assault weapons.

  11. RAMDX
    May 3, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Did they drug test him? This sounds like a meth-fueled crime to me.

  12. May 3, 2011 at 11:43 am

    wRobert’s Lawyer said” I don’t know what the court can do to him that will amount to the harm that he’s done to himself.”

    Charged felony count: involuntary manslaughter
    without malice, a felon in possession of a firearm,
    and felony assault with a deadly weapon.

    Lawyer Okin Says:You have two (small) children
    who on one tragic night lost bothof their
    parents in one fell swoop.

    Gallegos summed up the moral of this–
    Don’t take the law into your own hands

  13. Anonymous
    May 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    More of this is bound to happen with closure of Sheriff sub stations. Please voice your support of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Buzz
    May 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    The fact that most gun freaks are statistically more likely to hurt themselves or their spouses than others isn’t much of a comfort.

  15. Joe
    May 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    8:03

    That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard and is not a factual statement.

    Just a side note: more states have loosened their gun laws since the 70’s and the crime rate for the past couple years has been some of the lowest in recent history (You can get these stats from fbi.gov). I’m not saying guns have made this country safer but I am defiantly saying that they have not made this country more dangerous.

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