LOS ANGELES – A Thousand Oaks man convicted of the
attempted first-degree murder of a civil attorney outside the Van
Nuys Superior Courthouse two years ago was sentenced today to two
life terms, the District Attorney’s Office announced.
William Strier, 66, was sentenced to life plus an additional 25
years to life in prison by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rand
Rubin. He was also ordered to pay $10,000 in fines and $3,000 in
restitution to the victim, Gerald E. Curry.
During sentencing, Judge Rubin said he was shocked to read in a
probation report that Strier had shot a neighbor four times in 1969
and “did exactly what he did in this case, zoned out” when he was
“I think the jury saw through the fact that he claimed that he
took all these pills. It worked for him the last time. It didn’t
work this time,” Judge Rubin said.
A jury in January found Strier guilty of shooting Curry five
times as Curry ran for cover and ducked behind a tree. The shooting
occurred on Oct. 31, 2003, and was captured on national television
by news reporters and cameramen who were in Van Nuys awaiting
developments in the Robert Blake case.
Deputy District Attorney Jim Falco said Strier attempted “to
execute Mr. Curry” and has never expressed remorse or accepted
responsibility. “He continues to make excuses,” Falco said.
Strier was allegedly upset over a probate case in which Curry, of
Simi Valley, was acting as the attorney. The incident began about
10:20 a.m. when Strier approached Curry, pulled out two guns and
began shooting. After Strier emptied his guns, he placed them back
in his pockets and casually walked away while stating, “That’s what
you get for taking my money.” He was tackled by a Traffic Court
judge who is also a reserve Sheriff’s Deputy and taken into custody.