An alleged sibling feud involving a power drill could have been prevented if the suspect’s bail had not been reduced in an unrelated case, according to San Francisco prosecutors who are fuming over the case.
The San Francisco man accused of attacking his brother with a cordless drill last weekend allegedly assaulted a neighbor he had targeted for being gay only 11 days earlier, prosecutors said. In that case, the District Attorney’s Office said, the judge lowered Kevin Guerin’s bail, which allowed him to go free despite their warnings that he was a risk to public safety.
Guerin was arrested Saturday in a Sunnyside district home on charges that he tried to drill into his brother’s forehead following an argument over a busted door lock. The attempt failed because the drill bit fell out during the attack, police said. Guerin then bashed his brother over the head with the power drill, causing minor facial injuries, according to cops.
But the latest assault wouldn’t have happened if Guerin was still locked up, prosecutors said.
On Oct. 4, Guerin was arrested on hate-crime assault charges. Prosecutors said he assaulted his neighbor in the 300 block of Seneca Avenue, hollering during the attack, “Do you know why I’m going to kill you? Because you’re a fag.”
Guerin appeared in court for a bail hearing related to the hate crime case Oct. 11. During the hearing, prosecutors implored San Francisco Superior Court Judge Andrew Cheng not to lower Guerin’s bail, saying he was liable to hurt someone again.
A prosecutor told the judge, “This is a crime of violence. The victim is terrified of the defendant,” Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai said, citing court transcripts.
In court, prosecutors said Guerin admitted he “chose the victim and choked him because of his sexual orientation,” Talai said.
Cheng lowered Guerin’s bail, apparently knowing that Guerin’s brother – the alleged victim of the drill attack – would be able to post it, Talai said.
Talai said Cheng stated in court, “Given all the circumstances, even the gravity of the crime, it’s worthy of a small [bail] reduction and it’s my understanding that Mr. Jeremiah Guerin will be able to post that amount.”
Today, Guerin is scheduled to be arraigned in the drill case, which includes allegations that he committed a felony while on bail. He will be appearing before Cheng again.
Calls for comment to Cheng were not returned Wednesday.