Three From Bird Rock Bandit Case Rearrested

As reported by Debbi Baker for Sign on San Diego.

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— Three young men who were sentenced to jail time for the 2007 death of a La Jolla surfer in what became known as the Bird Rock Bandit case were rearrested this week on probation violations.

Orlando Osuna Wright, 24, Matthew Yanke, 23, and Eric House, 22, were all taken into custody by agents with the San Diego Fugitive Task Force on Monday and Tuesday and are being held in county jail without bail, Deputy U.S. Marshal Omar Castillo said.

They are accused of violating terms of their probation by associating with one another and violating the order to stay away from the victim’s family, Castillo said. Additionally, Wright, who now goes by his stepfather’s name, and Yanke tested positive for drugs, Castillo said.

All three accepted plea agreements and pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 2007 death of 24-year-old professional surfer Emery Kauanui Jr., who died four days after being punched during a street brawl with the men.

House and Yanke were sentenced to 210 days in jail and Osuna received 349 days. All were placed on three years’ probation.

Wright and Yanke are scheduled to appear in court Dec. 22, according to the Sheriff’s Department Web site. It did not list a court date for House.

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