Year in Review - Man convicted of attempted murder
A man accused of trying to kill an Orland police officer in a drunken rage was sentenced to 10 years in state prison in August.
Justin L. Bentley, 33, pleaded no contest in May to one felony charge of assaulting a peace officer with a firearm stemming from a 2010 incident involving Officer Kyle Cessna.
Cessna was attempting to handcuff Bentley for suspicion of driving under the influence when a struggle ensued.
Bentley broke free from Cessna and swung the handcuffs around like a "mace of old," District Attorney Robert Maloney said in May.
Bentley's blood alcohol level was reported to be measured at .26, more than three times the legal limit.
Bentley also reportedly took the officer's Taser and the two struggled over Cessna's sidearm.
At one point, Bentley turned the handgun around and pointed it toward Cessna's face as both men fell to the ground, Maloney said.
Cessna regained control of the gun and fired three shots at Bentley fled the area. Bentley was not hit, but one round was recovered from the wall of a nearby residence that was occupied.
Glenn County Superior Court Judge Donald Byrd ordered Bentley to pay more than $6,000 in restitution to Cessna for the knee injury he received during the struggle- even though the officer had been back to work for sometime by the May sentencing.
• Gunfire was exchanged in October during the reported burglary of a marijuana garden in a remote area west of Orland. Avery Jennings, 26, the owner of a small garden located on County Road 200, west of County Road 306, reported he was awakened by noises outside his home on Oct. 21, Sheriff Larry Jones said. Jennings armed himself with a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and went outside to investigate when he saw a reddish-colored vehicle parked in his driveway across from his medical marijuana site. As the car sped out of his driveway. he claimed to see muzzle flashes coming from the vehicle, and fired 10 rounds into the air.
• An argument about tattoos, and a possible gang connection, reportedly led to the stabbing of a San Jose man outside the Arch Apartments in Orland in October, Javier Chavez, 26, of Orland was arrested for suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the Oct. 2 stabbing of 31-year-old Steven Hernandez, who reportedly showed Chavez a tattoo to which he apparently took offense.