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L.A. man gets 3 days in county jail for Saugus bar brawl stabbing

Posted: June 26, 2014 11:10 a.m.
Updated: June 26, 2014 11:10 a.m.

A Los Angeles man arrested during a brawl last August outside a Saugus bar pleaded no contest to one count of assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to three days in county jail for stabbing a 28-year-old man.

Michael Ketcham, 36, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court last month and entered a plea of no contest, District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said this week. Ketcham was also placed on three years formal probation.

He was arrested Aug. 17 after a brawl in the parking lot of Mabel’s Roadhouse in Saugus. Three victims suffered minor injuries and three people were investigated for misdemeanor battery, but only Ketcham was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, a felony.

The victim was stabbed in the arm.





EgbertSouse4U: Posted: June 26, 2014 2:33 p.m.

Three days for a stabbing???? What the bloody hell is going on in our courts??? This is ridiculous.

SCV4ALL: Posted: June 26, 2014 3:32 p.m.

3 days - and SCV Courts are handing out 30 days for failure to pay a traffic ticket?? How does this mean justice, or are SCV courts just plain mean??

edwards55: Posted: June 26, 2014 3:32 p.m.

wow ... maybe if the guy died Ketcham would of received 6 days

bobforte: Posted: June 26, 2014 3:58 p.m.

What SCV courts? We use San Fernando now.

But, this is the norm. Sit in any criminal court room and you will see these are the deals being made. if you want it to continue, vote in Jerry Brown again.

DMeyer: Posted: June 26, 2014 4:00 p.m.

If he had stole a bottle of water and some bullets he would have got 22 days, luckily for him he only tried to kill another human being.

Unreal: Posted: June 26, 2014 4:02 p.m.

The article says many were involved int the assault (fight) but no one was sure who stabbed the guy in the arm.

They plea bargained with no real jail time because they did not have a case.

edwards55: Posted: June 26, 2014 4:49 p.m.

Welcome to the SCV , AKA Palmdale

chefgirl358: Posted: June 26, 2014 7:15 p.m.

Unreal is right...the "victims" are probably either non-desirous of prosecution and so they didn't have much of a case, the "victims" were probably very poor character witnesses themselves with criminal records, and maybe had some sort of relationship with the suspect, etc. and so no prosecutor in their right mind would want to take a case like that to trial. This was at the Rendezvous for goodness innocent can the victims be?

SCV123: Posted: June 27, 2014 10:04 a.m.

3 days for stabbing someone and trying to kill them to death until they were dead. I am speechless. I literally have no speech. I guess the cops and courts really do know where the easy cash is to be made... Stealing people's monthly grocery money for going 50mph on Newhall Ave. (Aka, the real criminals of SCV).

Unreal: Posted: June 27, 2014 11:13 a.m.

"kill them to death until they were dead" What?

lmjenki: Posted: June 27, 2014 1:48 p.m.

I am a little confused by the two Signal news articles; one states that the young man busted for stealing a bag of ammo got 22 days in prison, while this one states that a another guy who stabbed someone got three days?
Still confused...........

Rocketeer: Posted: June 27, 2014 7:56 p.m.

@Unreal: That's in internet meme. Do a Google Image search on "killed to death" and it pops right up.

@Imjenki: Technically he did steal ONE bag of ammo, but that's about like saying a 55 gallon drum of Budweiser is ONE beer. He stole thousands and thousands of rounds- I'm amazed he could carry it.

Both of these sentences need to be changed from days to months. Three DAYS in prison? Why even bother? That just encourages crime regardless of the circumstances.

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