A California prosecutor says if Los Angeles County’s new controversial district attorney won’t pursue the maximum punishment for a crime committed nearly forty years ago, he wants the case.
The Orange County Register reports, “Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer has filed a brief seeking to take over the prosecution from Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón of a violent predator charged with the 1981 kidnapping and murder of a 6-year-old Anaheim Hills boy.”
According to the Register, Kenneth Kasten Rasmuson “remains in jail in connection with the slaying of Jeffrey Vargo, but Gascón’s newly imposed directives have forced prosecutors in his office to move to dismiss special circumstances and enhancements.”
Special circumstance allegations and sentencing enhancements act as extra punishments added on to the charge of an underlying offense.
Rasmuson is accused of abducting Vargo on July 2, 1981, after the boy went for a bike ride near his home in Anaheim Hills, which is part of