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Driver who Crashed into MV 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.

Booking photo of Kourosh Keshmiri of Mission Viejo. Photo/OCSD
Booking photo of Kourosh Keshmiri of Mission Viejo. Photo/OCSD

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, of 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 being held on $1 million bail and 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.

FHS alumni December 30, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Lock this scum bag up and lose the keys.
Terry December 30, 2013 at 09:03 PM
@FHS alumni: I could not agree with you more!!
Lori Clements December 30, 2013 at 10:15 PM
I'm so sorry for the family and friends of Kenneth Jackson. What a horrific tragedy. In reading the article it sounds like Kourosh might have killed somebody else while he was drunk and driving. I can't even imagine the anguish that ALL the victims and their families are experiencing. He is so young but he deserves life imprison...so sad.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 30, 2013 at 10:35 PM
I think the phrase "if he killed another person" was probably not the best way to phrase it. I'm pretty sure the author meant, if he killed someone who is not he. If he had killed someone already, I'm pretty sure we'd know!

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