According to a May 21 report by ABC7 News, a former Los Angeles firefighter was found guilty May 21 for beating a woman who was feeding stray cats.
Eulian, 39, wanted Rebecca to stop feeding the cats because it was causing a lot of problems, saying the cats Eulian was feeding attacked his dog. In court, Eulian claimed he punched Stafford only once in self-defense and to protect his mother.
Video surveillance tells a different story, showing both Eulian and Fontaine striking Rebecca repeatedly before dragging her from her van. Rebecca did admit to throwing cat kibble at Eulian in an effort to get him to stop yelling at her but has no memory of what happened after she was dragged from her vehicle.
Rebecca claims Fontaine lied to protect her son by trying to convince her she fell and hit her head on her car. The mother and son drove Rebecca home after the altercation.
While the first trial ended in a deadlock, the second trial determined a guilty verdict. Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding Eulian guilty of battery with serious bodily injury and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.
Los Angeles Fired Department spokesman Peter Sanders said in a media statement that
“The actions of this member are a discredit to LAFD and the men and women who serve faithfully every day. Once the Department has been formally notified of his felony conviction, a Board of Rights will be convened in accordance with Department policy to determine the appropriate disciplinary measures.”
Eulian has to return to court on June 30, where he faces seven years in state prison. Fontaine was originally charged as an accessory, but charges against her were dismissed in the retrial.