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Driver who Crashed into Home Charged with Murder

The 60-year-old struck and killed while sleeping is officially identified as Kenneth Jackson, who has strong ties to San Clemente. Kourosh Keshmiri faces 15 years to life.

The Orange County District Attorney has charged Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, Mission Viejo with murder for allegedly driving drunk and crashing into a Mission Viejo home, killing a man. Photo courtesy of the Orange Count Sheriff's Department.
The Orange County District Attorney has charged Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, Mission Viejo with murder for allegedly driving drunk and crashing into a Mission Viejo home, killing a man. Photo courtesy of the Orange Count Sheriff's Department.

Originally posted at 4:14 p.m. Dec. 30, 2013. Edited to include further details.

The Orange County District Attorney has charged the man suspected of crashing a car into a Mission Viejo house early Sunday morning, killing a man asleep in his bed, with second-degree murder.

Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, Mission Viejo, faces maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison if convicted, according to a press release from the DA’s office. He is expected in court Tuesday for an arraignment. 

Keshmiri already has one DUI conviction and is currently facing charges from another DUI-related incident from June, the release states.  At the time of his 2010 conviction, he was advised he could face murder charges if “he killed another person while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” according to the press release.

Attorney Christopher Jafari, who represented Keshmiri in both cases, declined comment. He said he would be meeting with Keshmiri's family later today to discuss his client's case.

The press release reveals some new details about the Sunday morning incident, including officially identifying Kenneth Jackson, 60, as the victim.

According to the DA, Keshmiri was driving faster than 50 mph down Pacato Drive when he lost control of the late-model Cadillac and crashed into the home.

“When Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived, the defendant is accused of displaying objective signs of intoxication and performed poorly on a field sobriety test,” the DA said.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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Rose Pennington December 30, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Good ! He deserves it ! He had his chances to turn his life around. No more chances. Tragic all the way around.
MARINA SMALL December 30, 2013 at 07:38 PM
"At the time of his 2010 conviction, he was advised he could face murder charges if 'he killed another person while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,' " Does that mean he's killed another person already?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 30, 2013 at 07:45 PM
I did a double take on that too. I'm pretty sure the DA's office means, kill another person besides himself. If he had killed someone previously, I'm sure we would know about that.
MARINA SMALL December 30, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Thank you Penny. I hope he gets the maximum sentence. Kenny Jackson was my husband's deceased brother's best friend for many years growing up in S.C.

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