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Strier Sentenced to Two
Life Terms for Attempted Murder

March 17, 2006
Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
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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 arrested.

“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.


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