Jane Laut, 59, of Oxnard, found guilty of first-degree murder over the shooting death of her husband, Dave, in March, has lost her appeal for a new trial yesterday, Aug. 22, and was sentenced today, Aug. 23, to 50 years to life in prison.
Superior Court Judge David Worley denied the request after Laut’s attorney, Ron Bomieh, argued that the court erred when it did not allow expert witnesses to testify on Laut’s state of mind at the time of the crime.
“Considering the totality of the record, the court finds no error,” said Worley on Monday morning, adding that even if the witnesses had been allowed to testify, it wouldn’t have been probable that a result “more favorable” to the defendant would have been reached.
On Tuesday, Aug. 23, Worley said that the law required a minimum 25 years to life sentence for first-degree murder and an additional 25 years to life sentence for her use of a gun during the crime, and sentenced her so. Dave was a former Olympian and had been working as the athletic director at Port Hueneme High School at the time of his death.
Laut can appeal the decision within 60 days, and will return to court on Tuesday, Aug. 30 to discuss a defense motion to be released on bail while the appeal is heard.