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No New Trial for Rebecca Grossman; Sentencing June 10

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Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joseph Brandolino has denied a new trial to Rebecca Grossman, convicted in February of second degree murder in the deaths of Mark and Jacob Iskander.

Grossman is the co-founder of the Grossman Burn Foundation and wife of Peter Grossman, Medical Director of the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital. 

Rebecca Grossman was convicted of second-degree murder, two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and one count of hit and run after she sped through a residential neighborhood in Westlake Village and hit the two boys. 

Her new attorneys cited insufficient evidence as one of the five reasons she was entitled to have the case heard by a new jury. They also argued that the charges “require evidence that the defendant acted with a ‘base antisocial motive and with a wanton disregard for human life’ and there was no evidence presented at trial to support findings of such acts by Ms. Grossman in this case.” 

However, Judge Brandolino upheld the murder conviction, saying the evidence was “sufficient to support implied malice beyond a reasonable doubt.” 

He said her drinking, speeding and leaving the scene supported the verdict, noting she drank at a Westlake Village restaurant, was speeding and racing her then-boyfriend Scott Erickson on the street, and that she left the scene. Her SUV only stopped three-tenths of a mile from the crash scene when shut down by its safety system.

Grossman faces 34 years to life in prison. 

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