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Ainsworth found guilty in Santa Cruz rampage trial

Posted: Friday, Jan 4th, 2013

Maurice Ainsworth

SANTA CRUZ — The man who attacked a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputy, stole her gun and Taser and went on an hours-long crime spree in Dec. 2010 was convicted Friday of 39 charges, eight of which call for life sentences.

Maurice Ainsworth, 26, sat motionless in court, his eyes focused on the defendant’s table in front of him as Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick read a list of guilty verdicts that included kidnapping, home invasion robbery, burglary, auto theft, assaulting a peace officer, attempted murder and false imprisonment.

Many of the charges also carried special allegations that Ainsworth used a firearm while committing them.

He was found not guilty of two counts of trying to dissuade a witness.

The verdicts came after an 8-week trial.

After the verdicts had been read, Burdick ordered Ainsworth, who was previously held on $2.7 million bail, to be held without bail.

For the complete article see the 01-05-2013 issue.

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