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Burpee faces further charges from Oct. 30 attack

Jury trial scheduled for June following brief appearance Monday

Todd Burpee pleaded not guilty to additional criminal charges Monday in an arraignment following his preliminary hearing last week, which included gripping testimony from victim "Jane Doe," a 17-year-old Gunn High School student when she was attacked, kidnapped and sexually assaulted Oct. 30.

Already facing charges of attempted murder and forcible sexual penetration, Burpee is now also charged with two counts of assault to commit a sex offense, assault with force and kidnapping for the purpose of committing a sex offense, according to Deputy District Attorney James Leonard.

All are felonies, but forcible sexual penetration is considered a "strike" offense and carries a prison sentence of 25 years to life, Leonard said.

Represented by Daniel Olmos of Palo Alto law firm Nolan, Armstrong and Barton, Burpee entered a not guilty plea to all the charges and said he waived his right to a speedy trial.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Rise Jones Pichon set a jury trial date for 8:30 a.m. on June 30 in Department 84.

Leonard said he is planning for a trial, which would likely be held in San Jose with Judge Thang Nguyen Barrett, who presided over the preliminary hearing.

Burpee confessed to Palo Alto police that he attacked and abducted the Gunn student. The victim said she was entering her apartment building after returning from school on Oct. 30 when Burpee grabbed her. She said she was choked and her head was slammed against the ground several times.

She was then thrown into a car, driven around and sexually assaulted before she escaped in Sunnyvale.

"I wanted to die because it was so painful," she said last week.

Burpee faces trial for attempted murder, assault

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Posted by sue
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 14, 2008 at 5:39 pm



This matter is horrible, I hope the victim does not have to testify again.

I realize that the accused has a right to representation and a trial but given that he already admitted guilt to the police I do not understand why his lawyer did not go for some sort of plea bargain.

I hope the PAPD videotaped the confession.

What a nightmare.



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Posted by a
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 15, 2008 at 12:31 pm

the country is a nightmare that needs to awaken from, many official people are just as ''guilty''...


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Posted by Put Todd in jail for a long time
a resident of Gunn High School
on Apr 15, 2008 at 2:07 pm

I'm also puzzled by the "not guilty" plea. The only thing I can think of is that his lawyer is going to challenge his confession as being coerced


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Posted by c
a resident of Meadow Park
on Apr 15, 2008 at 3:18 pm

since right wiger nazi types arent going to change , im going to say what i waas going to hold bac. so , ''americans'' you are ''provoking'' me to put this idea into the universe , which i wouldnt have if i did not see previos post. FREE TODD BURPEE


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Posted by Jane
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 16, 2008 at 9:30 am



What is the legal status of his girlfriend? is she being charged with aiding him?


I hope there is not going to be an OJ type defense in this matter.



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Posted by Put Todd in jail for a long time
a resident of Gunn High School
on Apr 16, 2008 at 11:32 pm

Hey "c": get a life, loser. And learn how to spell.


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Posted by trudy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 17, 2008 at 1:24 pm

The only shred of decency he might exhibit is sparing the victim from having to testify again.


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Posted by JT
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on May 18, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Todd Burpee was a good human being however the evidence given and the nature of the crime the most obvious choice would be taking a deal of 25 years to life sadly


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