OJAI : Sentencing Delayed in Sex Assault Case

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A judge on Friday agreed to delay sentencing Kevin Richard Malone--who was convicted of eight Ojai sexual assaults--until next month to give lawyers time to review reports.

The former Ojai-area resident pleaded guilty in May to eight counts of sexual assault. Malone, 37, faces a maximum sentence of 85 years in prison. He also pleaded guilty to one count each of residential robbery and residential burglary.

“I think 30 to 35 years is appropriate,” said Willard P. Wiksell, Malone’s attorney. “He is extremely remorseful.”


Prosecutor Bob Calvert said some of Malone’s victims may speak at the sentencing, which is scheduled for Aug. 17. Calvert said he has to review sentencing reports prepared by the probation department before preparing his argument for a prison term.

Malone was arrested on Jan. 22, and several days later police released a 21-year-old Casitas Springs man after wrongly accusing him of the crimes. Malone was picked up for prowling after a Ventura woman told police he was looking into her windows at the Tradewinds Apartments.