Friday, July 09, 2010

TS - Suspect in Fortuna attempted murder arraigned in Humboldt County court

Suspect in Fortuna attempted murder arraigned in Humboldt County court

Michael Alan Coen pleaded not guilty to attempted murder in Humboldt County Superior Court on Thursday, less than a week after his alleged involvement in a shooting incident.

Coen, 28, was the subject of a multi-agency manhunt last Friday in connection with a shooting on the 3400 block of Hillras Way in Fortuna. Victim Michael Cooper was treated and released from a local hospital, and authorities said he and Coen are believed to know each other.

Coen faces numerous charges, including attempted murder, assault with a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting arrest. Coen pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Coen pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm in November 2009. He spent 47 days in jail and was sentenced to three years probation, according to Humboldt County court records. Coen was also arrested in February for his alleged involvement in an Arcata carjacking. Charges stemming from the incident were never filed, and the case is still under review.

Coen's bail was set at $600,000, and a preliminary hearing on the matter was scheduled for July 21.

Matt Drange/The Times-Standard
Posted: 07/09/2010 01:24:12 AM PDT
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1 comment:

  1. The spate of cases in which persons on probation whose original sentences gave credit for time served (no more jail) and dropped multiple serious charges have committed new serious crimes is
    the inevitable result of the District Attorney's policy of exchanging soft pleas (plea bargaining is a necessary evil-lame plea bargains are just evil) for "convictions" to pump up his stats. He can claim a conviction even if the case is given away, as long as he gets a guilty (more likely, "no contest") plea to some charge. It was never about doing the job, it was and is all about Paul.


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