FAIRFIELD — An 22-year-old man who has been in and out of Judge Wendy G. Getty’s courtroom since 2012 was back in court Thursday, where he pleaded not guilty to his newest criminal charges.
David A. McDaniels was arrested Tuesday after a two-hour standoff with police at a Santa Barbara Way home he had run into after police spotted him on East Tabor Avenue. Daniels had been on the lam since June after his most-recent instance of disregarding Getty’s court orders.
McDaniels first came under Getty’s purview in early 2012 after he was arrested for felony assault causing great bodily injury. He posted $25,000 bail after a brief stint in jail.
He was arrested again a few weeks after posting bail, for driving a stolen car. He posted another $2,000 bail and was out of jail again. McDaniels was arrested again a few months later for stealing a car and committing a spree of six auto burglaries. He was looking at more than four years behind bars but after a few months in jail, he pleaded no contest to four felonies.
Getty told him she would consider placing him on probation when he was sentenced.
McDaniels got out of jail before sentencing by posting another $25,000 and then, after being warned by Getty she might not consider probation after all, was a no-show for a January 2013 court appearance. He was arrested three months later and in August 2013 Getty placed him on three years of probation, gave him credit for five months of time he spent in jail and ordered him to do 15 hours of community service every week.
Getty ordered McDaniels to attend a follow-up hearing in March 2014 that was postponed until April and then postponed again until June. He was a no-show for the June hearing, which caused Getty to issue the arrest warrant that resulted in his newest arrest. Authorities also charged him with a new felony domestic violence offense.
McDaniels now faces up to 10 years behind bars. He will remain in jail at least until he appears Aug. 26 for a probable cause hearing on the domestic violence charge.
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