Arcata Man Pleads Guilty to Carjacking, Grand Theft and Burglary
Earlier today, 30-year-old Brett Neil Hansen of Arcata pled guilty to carjacking, grand theft, and first-degree residential burglary. The defendant also admitted to using a firearm during the carjacking.
On September 2, 2017, the defendant, a previously convicted felon, broke into the Westhaven-area home of a former friend and stole a shotgun.
On September 17, 2017, the defendant was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by Eureka Police Department (EPD) officers near the Bayshore Mall. The defendant fled from the traffic stop on foot, then stole a bicycle from a passing cyclist. After riding the bicycle about 100 yards, the defendant got off the bicycle, then used a firearm to force a woman out of her vehicle. The defendant fled in the stolen vehicle and was not apprehended until his February, 2018 arrest by Fortuna Police Department (FPD) officers.
Deputy District Attorney Roger C. Rees prosecuted the case with assistance from EPD Senior Detective Ronald Harpham. Heidi Holmquist Wells of the Zwerdling Law Firm represented the defendant. Judge Wilson sentenced the defendant to 14 years 4 months in state prison, as agreed by the prosecution and defense. The defendant will serve at least 85% of his sentence because of the violent nature of his actions.
District Attorney Maggie Fleming thanks those who made critical contributions to bringing this case to a fair and appropriate conclusion, including EPD, FPD, and particularly several civilian witnesses willing to provide information and testify if needed.
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