Pacifica man sentenced for shooting

A San Mateo County Superior Court judge last week sentenced a Pacifica man involved in a shooting and weapons violations that occurred last year.

William Hirsch, 19, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and time served for firing an unregistered handgun during an altercation in Pacifica on March 27, 2020. The court gave Hirsch a suspended five-year sentence and told Hirsch if he violates his parole he will be sentenced to the maximum state prison sentence, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Hirsch is required to complete a residential treatment program, abstain from alcohol and drugs, undergo chemical testing, possess no dangerous weapons or ammunition and pay $400 in fines.

In May 2021, Hirsch pleaded no contest to felony assault with a semi-automatic firearm and enhancing the gun with an extended clip. Hirsch was charged while on parole from a previous offense and pleaded no contest to evading a police officer and car theft. The district attorney agreed to dismiss the two previous felonies as part of the plea bargain. Prosecutors asked Hirsch to be sentenced for nine years, four months in state prison.

Hirsch’s co-defendant, 18-year-old Saverio Marinangeli of San Francisco, pleaded no contest to felony assault with a firearm in September. In November, Marinangeli was placed on two years supervised probation and one year in county jail with no credit for time served.

— August Howell


Woman charged with threats seeks mental health treatment

A Pacifica woman accused of threatening her classmates may have charges dismissed if she qualifies for a mental health program.

In May 2019, the 18-year-old Oceana High School student was charged with 12 counts of threatening students after she allegedly posted online that she had purchased a gun and planned to shoot a dozen students, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. The Tribune is not naming the woman because the charges have since been reduced to misdemeanors and the court has identified the need for mental health treatment.

On Aug. 4, a judge granted the defense’s motion to review the woman’s eligibility for a mental health diversion program. Under state law, some criminal defendants, including those charged with both felonies and misdemeanors, can have charges dismissed if the defendant completes mental health treatment. The defendant must meet certain criteria, and a medical expert has to prove the defendant suffers from a mental health condition other than an antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder or pedophilia.

The defendant also must prove the mental disorder played a major role in the charged offense, waive their right to a speedy trial and agree to the terms of the diversion. The court also has to agree the defendant will not pose any danger to their own safety or to others.

The case was reset for Aug. 18. The former student is out of custody on a $120,000 bail bond. She was in custody on $600,000 bail, but in July 2019 the judge reduced all charges to misdemeanors and reduced her bail to $120,000.

— August Howell

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