Actor Johnny Ortiz (24, "City of McFarland"), who became internationally known alongside Kevin Costner (65) in the sports drama "City of McFarland" (2015), faces a life sentence on charges. Among other things, he is accused of attempted murder. The US industry portal "Deadline" reports. Ortiz, who had already been arrested in late May, has now appeared in Los Angeles with a co-defendant. The judge at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center scheduled a preliminary hearing on September 22. Most recently, the young star was seen in "El Camino: A 'Breaking Bad' film".
Gloomy outlook for Johnny Ortiz
Should Ortiz be found guilty on the charges of "attempted willful, deliberate and willful attempted murder", the young actor could face up to 25 years or life imprisonment in the state prison under the California Penal Code. In addition, around ten years could result in additional penalties. Ortiz, who has to bail $ 1.1 million to get out of the hearing, pleaded not guilty on the charges.
According to court documents, the "TMZ" are available, Ortiz is said to have tried with another man to kill a third person. The attempted murder was reportedly "for the benefit, on instruction, and in connection with a criminal street gang that aims to promote and support the criminal behavior of gang members." To what extent Ortiz was involved has not yet been fully clarified.