Jury convicts Suisun man in case of crime forum fracas

By From page A3 | July 12, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A two-week jury trial for a Suisun City man who faced criminal charges for what he did at a 2012 community crime forum ended Friday with a guilty verdict for a felony vandalism charge.

Richard D. Giddens was ordered to return to court Aug. 21 for sentencing. He faces up to a year behind bars. He also faces the possibility of an additional year in jail for a 2011 conviction for misdemeanor battery and vandalism charges.

Sentencing on that case had been postponed pending the outcome of the felony case.

Giddens was arrested by a trio of Suisun City police, including Police Chief Ed Dadisho, as he left an April 2012 neighborhood crime forum. Before the community forum, a neighbor of Giddens, with whom he had a long feud, called 911 to report that Giddens tried to run him down as Giddens pulled out of his driveway on his way to the forum.

The arrest included a struggle with officers and ended with Giddens in the back of a patrol car, where he repeatedly kicked a rear window, bending the window frame and causing about $700 damage.

Dadisho sat in on the final days of the trial and returned to the courtroom Friday afternoon for the verdict.

The jury acquitted Giddens of charges of resisting arrest and interfering with a person’s civil rights. The not guilty verdicts leave unscathed a federal civil right lawsuit Giddens filed in April claiming he is the victim of false arrest, excessive force, conspiracy, malicious prosecution and battery.

It was Giddens’ second trial for the felony charge. A previous two-week jury trial in February ended with a deadlock, but not before Judge E. Bradley Nelson threw out a felony assault charge involving the neighbor.

The pending misdemeanor sentencing involves Giddens hurling a bicycle at a census worker who had come to Giddens’ home in 2010.

Giddens remains free on bail.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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