Press Release: People v. Larson, Bret James, 7/22/09

July 22, 2009
Bradford R. Fenocchio

District Attorney

PLACER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

10810 Justice Center Drive, Suite 240
Roseville, California 95678

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Date: July 22, 2009

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Art Campos

Public Information Officer

916-543-8076

Scott Owens

Assistant District Attorney

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ROSEVILLE MAN GETS 11 YEARS, FOUR MONTHS IN PRISON FOR VIOLENT CRIMES AGAINST GIRLFRIEND

A 21-year-old Roseville man was sentenced today to 11 years and four months in state prison for sexually assaulting his live-in girlfriend and preventing her from leaving the home by using violence.

Bret James Larson received the sentence from Placer County Superior Court Judge J. Richard Couzens, who also ordered the defendant to pay $1,000 in restitution fines.

Larson was convicted June 24 when he pleaded guilty to charges of rape, assault, inflicting corporal injury on a co-habitant and false imprisonment by violence.

Todd Kuhnen, deputy district attorney for Placer County, said the defendant also admitted to having a prior strike in his criminal history, an enhancement that increased his prison sentence.

Seven other charges against Larson were dismissed in a plea deal, including making terrorist threats and several sex-related counts, Kuhnen said.

The incidents against the victim occurred on April 1 and again on April 7 when she returned to the residence to try to get her belongings, Kuhnen said.