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Three months in jail for duo who pilfered parts from Paul Walker crash vehicle

Posted: August 5, 2014 5:22 p.m.
Updated: August 5, 2014 5:22 p.m.

Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of a Porsche that crashed into a light pole and a tree on Nov. 30, killing "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker and Valencia businessman Roger Rodas. Dan Watson/Signal File Photo

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Two men who stole pieces of the Porsche in which actor Paul Walker and Santa Clarita Valley businessman Roger Rodas were killed last November entered no contest pleas Tuesday and agreed to serve three months in jail.

Jameson Witty, 18, of Tujunga and Anthony Janow, 25, were charged with following the tow truck that hauled the blackened 2005 Porsche Carerra GT from the scene of the fiery crash Nov. 30 and stealing parts off it while the tow truck was stopped at a red light in Valencia.

Witty was arrested in December several days after an Instagram user “jamesonwitty” posted two photos showing what appears to be a red car part on the image-sharing social media network.

Those pictures include a caption that reads, in part, “Piece of Paul Walker’s car, took it off a tow truck at a stop light.”

The same Instagram user account also includes a picture with the caption “Paying respects to Paul Walker, so sad to see a childhood idol pass like this.. Truly a breathtaking moment. ...”

Walker, star of the “Fast and Furious” film franchise, and Rodas died when the Porsche being driven by Rodas hit a light pole and tree and caught fire in the Rye Canyon Business Park on a Saturday afternoon. Investigators say the red Porsche was traveling at a high rate of speed, and both men died at the scene.

One of the two men charged stole a panel from the Porsche’s T-top roof while the tow truck was stopped at a red signal at McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road, prosecutors said.

“Witty entered an open plea to the court of no contest to one misdemeanor count each of grand theft of personal property, destroying evidence and resisting, obstructing and delaying a peace officer,” said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

“Janow entered an open plea of no contest to one felony count of grand theft of personal property and one misdemeanor count each of destroying evidence and resisting, obstructing and delaying a peace officer,” Santiago said.

“They are both facing 180 days in county jail,” he said.

Janow is scheduled to appear back in court Aug. 14 for sentencing, while Witty is scheduled to appear Oct. 23 for sentencing.
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cptnobvious: Posted: August 6, 2014 12:50 a.m.

"Three months in jail for duo who pilfered parts from Paul Walker crash vehicle"

While the DA said they are facing 180 days, that won't be decided until the sentencing. Stating they are getting three months is both inaccurate and irresponsible.

alabi2k: Posted: August 6, 2014 2:33 a.m.

They have yet to be sentenced (as it clearly states in the article) so the headline is blatantly misleading. Typical of the Signal's quality editorial work. Personally I'd be surprised to see them get 3 months in jail,seems a bit extreme, give the nature of the infraction . I think probation and/or community service would be more in line.

stevehw: Posted: August 6, 2014 1:00 p.m.

It's...The Story That Would Not Die: Paul Walker.

Unreal: Posted: August 6, 2014 1:59 p.m.

They should serve no time in jail! That is a waste of money.

We should not even have them on probation as that costs a lot of tax payer money too.

Maybe some community service, about 40 hours would be fine.

Who the hell was their attorney? Some inept public defender?

balld13: Posted: August 6, 2014 11:59 p.m.

Had they gone to Tijuana and tried to enter the U.S. as Hondurans, they could claim hardship status, and head to Hawaii, Arizona, or better still, Alaska. American citizens still don't get it.

boneshark: Posted: August 7, 2014 12:31 p.m.

@stevehw: What's the Paul Walker story count up to now? Or have we lost track?

@balld13: So a story of two idiots steeling parts off a wrecked car equates somehow to what's going on at the border. Nice stretch there!

stevehw: Posted: August 8, 2014 12:53 p.m.

bonshark...I think it's around 3 dozen now. I'm sure they're not done yet, though...

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