Anaheim man stabbed, killed 17-year-old girlfriend while out on bail for gang related charges gets 12 years in prison

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ANTA ANA, Calif. – A 24-year-old Anaheim man was sentenced today to the maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison for stabbing his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend to death just 3 ½ weeks after he had been released from the Orange County Jail on $0 bail.

Miguel Angel Reyes, 24, of Anaheim, was convicted on October 5, 2020 of one felony count of voluntary manslaughter and one felony enhancement of the personal use of a deadly weapon. He was sentenced today to the maximum sentence of 11 years in state prison for voluntary manslaughter and an additional year for the use of a deadly weapon.

Reyes was released from the Orange County Jail on April 24, 2020 on $0 bail after an Orange County Superior Court judge granted a motion from the Public Defender. The District Attorney’s Office objected on the record to Reyes’ release.

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On April 6, 2020, the California Judicial Council set bail at zero for most misdemeanor and lower-level felonies in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19 in jails by reducing the number of inmates being incarcerated. The Judicial Council rescinded the $0 bail order on June 20, 2020.

Reyes had been convicted of misdemeanor vandalism in March 2020, but the jury hung on a felony gang enhancement. Reyes was facing a three year state prison sentence if convicted on all charges.

Reyes was in custody and awaiting a retrial on the felony gang enhancement charge when $0 bail was enacted and he was released under the emergency $0 bail order despite the objections of the District Attorney’s Office.

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On May 16, 2020, Reyes and his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend became involved in an argument in an Anaheim park that involved several other individuals. The 17-year-old picked up a brick and threw it at Reyes, striking him. Reyes then used a knife to stab the 17-year-old girl, killing her.

If Reyes is convicted of the felony gang enhancement, he will be sentenced to an additional two years for committing a crime while out on bail on another crime and an additional eight months for the felony gang enhancement.

“Adopting a sweeping one size fits all $0 bail policy has resulted in the release of dangerous and violent individuals back into our community,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “We didn’t need the $0 bail experiment to tell us what we already knew: when you let criminals out of jail, they will commit more crimes. And this is just another example of this reckless policy resulting in the loss of a young life when its intended purpose was to save lives. It is an unforgivable tragedy that a 17-year-old girl is dead – and she didn’t have to die.”

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Senior Deputy District Attorney Chris Alex of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.