Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer on Tuesday announced that his office has secured a 90-day jail sentence against an off-duty Salinas police officer for allegedly brandishing a weapon during a New Year’s Eve celebration at a Hollywood restaurant.
“Firearm safety remains one of my top priorities,” Feuer said. “As we approach New Year’s Eve, where the brandishing and firing of guns in public increases, our message is clear, it’s against the law and we will prosecute.”
Joel Anaya, 38, was convicted on one count of brandishing a firearm following a three-week jury trial in November. Judge Michael Garcia on Tuesday sentenced Anaya to 36 months of probation and 90 days in jail. Anaya is also prohibited from owning, using or possessing a firearm for a 10-year period.
On the evening of Jan. 1, 2013, Anaya, an off-duty police officer with Salinas, was celebrating New Years in Hollywood with his girlfriend when he attempted to enter the Geisha House restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard after it was closed.
After getting into a physical altercation with the staff, Anaya allegedly removed his firearm and threatened to shoot people. Anaya also allegedly pointed the gun in employees’ faces before LAPD officers arrived.
Anaya was later found in violation of multiple Salinas Police Department policies and resigned from his position as a police officer. He was ordered by the court to sell or turn in all his firearms by Nov. 26.
Deputy city attorney Brad Rothenberg prosecuted the case.
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