Russell Takasugi Will Be In Court on Friday

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Russell  Takasugi, the son of late Assemblyman and Oxnard Mayor Nao Takasugi, will  be in court on Friday and more than likely his sentencing will be postponed and the case continued, said his lawyer Brian Vogel today.

The 57-year-old Takasugi is scheduled to be in Courtroom 37 at 1:30 p.m.

Vogel said his office is still reviewing thousands of pages of discovery on the new criminal case.

In a plea deal, Takasugi was going to be sentenced in December to five years in prison for stealing money from former client Oscar Muro, 71, who died of cancer in 2007. But more criminal charges were filed against Takasugi alleging that he also stole from the estate of Hazel McVey, who died at 80 years of age in October 2002.

Vogel said his client can't be sentenced for the Muro case until the McVey case is resolved.

Prosecutor Marc Leventhal had said he will ask the judge to sentence Takasugi to 10 years in confinement. Vogel said talks are underway with the DA to try and work out a plea agreement and keep this case from going to trial.

Takasugi who is in custody has been disbarred. He was a Simi Valley lawyer.

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