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Accused con man: No deal

Showdown in court set for today

Posted: October 29, 2008 9:02 p.m.
Updated: December 31, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 
William Schaeffler said “no” to a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s plea offer, setting up showdown in court today, Schaeffler’s attorney said Wednesday.

Schaeffler is accused of stealing a Santa Clarita woman’s identity and using it to go on a shopping spree.

Schaeffler allegedly gained access to the woman’s identity during a three-year romantic relationship.

“(The district attorney) made an offer and (Schaeffler) rejected it,” said public defender Thomas Tibor.

In court Monday, Tibor declined to comment on specifics of the deal offered by the district attorney, citing attorney-client privilege.

Schaeffler’s balk sets up a pre-trial hearing today, Tibor said. Depending on the evidence submitted by the district attorney, the judges decides whether to send Schaeffler to trial, the attorney said.

Belinda, whose last name was withheld to protect her identity, is Schaeffler’s alleged victim. “I can’t believe he will not budge on a two-year sentence,” she said. “Maybe he doesn’t realize he’ll get more time if he is convicted at trial.”

The district attorney called Belinda and another witness to appear in court.

Belinda said she wants the ordeal over.

“I just wish he would take the deal and get this over with. I really don’t want to go to court. I want to get on with my life,” she said.

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