Hearing scheduled in Andrew Luster’s appeal of rape sentence
An attorney for convicted rapist Andrew Luster, an heir to the Max Factor cosmetics empire, said a hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17 to set dates and times when legal motions surrounding Luster’s appellate court issues will be heard.
Attorney Jay Leiderman said Monday that Luster raised 20 legal issues in his appeal, including whether he was denied effective assistance of counsel at his trial and whether the judge used a proper method to calculate Luster’s prison sentence in 2003.
Leiderman said Luster, 48, was offered a favorable plea bargain deal of six to 16 years in prison but that his lawyer didn’t give him proper legal advice on the offer.
Ventura County Superior Court Judge Ken Riley, now retired, sentenced Luster to 124 years in prison. On June 19, 2003, Luster, who is Factor’s great-grandson, was caught at a taco stand in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, by bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman.
- Posted December 10, 2012 at 5:31 p.m.