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Driver who Crashed into Mission Viejo Home Charged with Murder

The 60-year-old struck and killed while sleeping is officially identified as Kenneth Jackson. Kourosh Keshmiri faces 15 years to life.

The Orange County District Attorney has charged Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, Mission Viejo with murder for allegedly driving drunk and crashing into a Mission Viejo home, killing a man. Photo courtesy of the Orange Count Sheriff's Department.
The Orange County District Attorney has charged Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, Mission Viejo with murder for allegedly driving drunk and crashing into a Mission Viejo home, killing a man. Photo courtesy of the Orange Count Sheriff's Department.

Originally posted at 4:10 p.m. Dec. 30, 2013. Edited to include more details.

The Orange County District Attorney has charged the man suspected of crashing a car into a Mission Viejo house early Sunday morning, killing a man asleep in his bed, with second-degree murder.

Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, Mission Viejo, faces maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison if convicted, according to a press release from the DA’s office. He is expected in court Tuesday for an arraignment.

Keshmiri already has one DUI conviction and is currently facing charges from another DUI-related incident from June, the release states.  At the time of his 2010 conviction, he was advised he could face murder charges if “he killed another person while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” according to the press release.

Attorney Christopher Jafari, who represented Keshmiri in both cases, declined comment. He said he would be meeting with Keshmiri's family later today to discuss his client's case.

The press release reveals some new details about the Sunday morning incident, including officially identifying Kenneth Jackson, 60, as the victim.

According to the DA, Keshmiri was driving faster than 50 mph down Pacato Drive when he lost control of the late-model Cadillac and crashed into the home.

“When Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived, the defendant is accused of displaying objective signs of intoxication and performed poorly on a field sobriety test,” the DA said.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Dwight Broeman December 30, 2013 at 07:10 PM
This guy needs to be convicted swiftly.
Justin Henretta December 30, 2013 at 10:16 PM
The image of this piece of trash makes me sick to my stomach. I hope this clown rots away in prison for a long long time.
Justin Henretta December 30, 2013 at 10:17 PM
@patch, my friend has a good picture of the scene on his facebook feed... It was next door to his mom and dads house.
Farah Wetanson Bailey December 31, 2013 at 12:05 AM
I personally knew the man killed by this guy. He was an amazing person with nothing but hope and good word to share. Such an amazing example of how people can change their lives for the better. My heart hurts but I know he is finding a way to laugh about this and wouldn't want his friends and family to mourn him, but instead to celebrate his life. Ken made a huge impression on my life growing up and taught me a few things about growing up and showing up. If this kid got the chance to get to know the man he killed, it may have changed his life and choices. I hope they find a way to lock him up for good. He deserves everything coming to him. RIP Ken you and loved and missed by so many of us.
Dwight Broeman December 31, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Nice post Farah.

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