The California Supreme Court this week reinstated the conviction of a Woodland man who left a fake bomb at a Woodland police dispatch center, according to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office.
A jury found 66-year-old Barry Turnage guilty of leaving the device at the Yolo County Communications Center in September 2006. Previously convicted of armed robbery and assault with a firearm, Turnage was sentenced to life in prison under California’s “three strikes” law.
“The felony fake bomb conviction had originally been overturned by the Third District Court of Appeal for what they wrote was a Constitutional Equal Protection violation comparing the fake bomb statute to other laws in California,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven said in a news release. “The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that there was no Constitutional Equal Protection violation and reinstated the conviction.”
The appeal was handled by the state Attorney General’s Office handled the appeal.