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Sentencing of Mom-Son Team Delayed

Lugo, Brandon to return to court April 24.

Posted: March 3, 2008 6:35 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2008 5:02 a.m.

In a tribute to Castaic teen Taylor LaKamp, who died during a motorcycle accident last month, more than a dozen friends and relatives gathered in California City on Feb. 23 to ride their dirtbikes.

Sentencing for Michael Lugo and Cynthia Brandon, the mother-son duo who were convicted of burglary last year, was postponed until April 24.

The pair appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Friday morning in front of Judge Harvey Giss, who presided over a trial which resulted in their conviction on Dec. 12, 2007.

Lugo, 30, was found guilty of two counts of burglary, one count of receipt of stolen property and one count of conspiracy. He was tried simultaneously with his mother, Brandon, 52, who was found guilty of one count of burglary and one count each of receipt of stolen property and conspiracy.

The convictions were connected to an incident on Canvas Street in Canyon Country on Oct. 18, 2006, during which Lugo was shot by homeowner Nadine Teter. After trying to enter her front door, Lugo scaled a wall and entered her backyard. Fearing that he may try to attack her, she confronted him in the yard and shot him three times with a .38 caliber pistol.

After being wounded in the leg and abdomen, Lugo fled to the street, where his mother was waiting in a car filled with stolen property. The two sped off and flagged down Sheriff's deputies in order to get help with Lugo's injuries, but deputies quickly connected them to the incident at Teter's house and arrested them on suspicion of burglary.


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