The son of a former cast member of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” who was convicted of a shooting in Costa Mesa, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was immediately sentenced to 90 days in jail.
Josh Waring, 33, was given credit for 38 days behind bars, according to court records. As part of his plea deal, misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and falsely representing himself to an officer were dismissed.
Waring was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and alteration of marking on an imitation firearm or device when he was arrested Jan. 10, but that case was also dismissed.
Waring was accused of possessing Lorazepam, but that is prescribed for seizures, which Waring has a medical history of, according to court records.
A warrant was issued for Waring’s arrest in September when he failed to show for a court hearing.
Waring was arrested in June 2020 in Huntington Beach and charged that September with possession of a controlled substance — fentanyl — and drug paraphernalia and falsely representing himself to an officer, all misdemeanors.
Waring was arrested again on May 8, 2021, at Ridge Route Drive and Overlake in Lake Forest when deputies pulled over a rental car stolen from John Wayne Airport, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Todd Hylton.
Waring, who was in the passenger’s seat, was accused of possession of fetanyl and methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia found in the car’s glove compartment, Hylton said.
Waring pleaded guilty in March 2020 to single counts of assault with a firearm and leading police on a chase, and two counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, all felonies. He also admitted single misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run with property damage and battery.
Waring also resolved a separate case and pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine for sale and false personation, both felonies.
Waring was originally charged with three counts of attempted murder, along with a sentencing enhancement alleging attempted premeditated murder, for the June 20, 2016, shooting of Daniel Lopez, then 35, outside a home in Costa Mesa. Two other people escaped injury in the drive-by attack.
At the time of his plea deal, Waring was facing 65 years to life in prison, but, instead he was sentenced to time served in jail awaiting trial.
Waring’s mother, Lauri Waring Peterson, told reporters following her son’s plea deal last year that he wanted to pursue a career in law.