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H.B. parolee sentenced to 5 years in prison after climbing into girls’ bedroom

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Miguel Angel Pastrana, 29, of Huntington Beach was found guilty of trespassing.
(Courtesy of Orange County district attorney’s office)

A Huntington Beach man was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of trespassing for climbing through the window of a bedroom where three underage girls were sleeping.

Miguel Angel Pastrana, 29, was found guilty last week of aggravated trespassing, according to Emily Sudduth of the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Pastrana , who has been in custody since September 2017, was sentenced Friday to 364 days in jail, including time served, for the trespassing conviction, according to the district attorney’s office. However, he was sentenced to five years in prison for violating parole connected to a previous and unrelated conviction, court records show.

Pastrana has pleaded guilty to various misdemeanor and felony charges since 2008, including burglary, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and a sentencing enhancement for criminal street gang activity, according to court records.

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On Sept. 19, 2017, Pastrana climbed to the window of a family’s apartment in the 17000 block of Queens Lane, near Pastrana’s home, authorities said.

According to testimony by a responding Huntington Beach police officer, a 14-year-old girl woke up just before 6 a.m. to find Pastrana, whom she recognized from the neighborhood, perched in the window above the bed she shared with her 17-year-old sister. The room also was occupied by their 11-year-old sister, who was sleeping in another bed, according to court documents.

“She felt like someone was watching her,” Officer Lee Higgs said in court. “She looked up and saw someone in the window just above her bed.”

The 14-year-old told police that when she awoke, Pastrana, known as “Turtle,” was halfway through the window and bracing himself with one arm against the inside wall, Higgs said.

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Pastrana “shushed her” by placing his index finger over his lips, Higgs said.

The 14-year-old screamed and ran to the living room and alerted her parents.

According to Higgs, the girls’ mother went outside and contacted Pastrana, who said he was “just checking on the girls.”


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