The brother of a convicted double killer will have to take anger management classes and stay on probation after he pleaded guilty to being an accessory in the deaths by hiding his brother’s murder weapon.
The plea deal came as part of charges in another case involving the physical attack on a girlfriend.
Tim Wozniak, 42, was charged this year with attacking the girlfriend on Sept. 11, but that misdemeanor case was dumped as part of the plea bargain for being an accessory after the fact in the murders committed by his brother, Daniel Patrick Wozniak.
As part of the plea bargain, which had Tim Wozniak placed on three years of probation, he was ordered to take 10 anger management classes, according to court records obtained Wednesday.
Tim Wozniak testified against his brother — who was sentenced to death on Sept. 23 — and pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to being an accessory after the fact. He was sentenced to time served in jail, which amounted to 10 days, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy.
Tim Wozniak has not been charged in his most recent case of domestic violence, but remained in custody Wednesday and was ordered to return to court Jan. 3 to face an allegation of violating probation.
Tim Wozniak was arrested just after 3 a.m. last Thursday by Costa Mesa police at an Irvine hotel.
According to Roxi Fyad of the Costa Mesa Police Department, he is accused of punching, grabbing and biting a woman Dec.19 while driving on Bristol Street near the South Coast Plaza shopping center. Court records show the victim was a girlfriend.
The two ended up back at a hotel in Irvine, where a security guard noticed the woman was “distraught” and called police, Fyad said.
Wozniak was booked on suspicion of felony domestic violence and was being held on $25,000 bail, according to Fyad.
Tim Wozniak helped hide evidence against his 32-year-old brother, but he later cooperated fully with authorities, Murphy said.
Daniel Wozniak, a former Los Alamitos community theater actor, was convicted in December of the 2010 murders of 26-year-old Samuel Eliezer Herr and 23-year-old Julie Kibuishi. He killed the victims to raise funds for his pending nuptials and honeymoon.
Following the killings, Daniel Wozniak handed his brother a backpack with the murder weapon and other incriminating evidence and Tim Wozniak agreed to “dispose of this backpack and all of the contents therein,” according to Tim Wozniak’s plea deal.
“I later threw this backpack over a fence at my parents’ home in Long Beach where it remained until recovered by police,” Tim Wozniak said in his plea deal.
“I have since cooperated with the subsequent investigation and prosecution and I am deeply sorry for any and all of my involvement in this matter.”
–City News Service
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