Irvine Couple Accused of Planting Narcotics to be Arraigned
The Irvine couple who allegedly plotted and planted drugs in the vehicle of a elementary school volunteer are due in court this morning. Kent Easter, 38 and his wife Jill Easter, 39 both attorneys are charged with conspiracy to procure false arrest, filing a false police report and false imprisonment. If convicted, the couple could face 3 years in state prison and sanctions from the California Bar.
In February 2011, the Easters became upset with the volunteer because Jill Easter felt her son was not being properly supervised. The couple then allegedly planned the set up and on February 16, 2011, Kent Easter drove to the volunteer’s home and placed Vicodin, Percocet, Marijuana and drug paraphanellia in her car. A little while later, Kent Easter, posing as a concerned parent, called the Irvine Police Department and reported an erratic driver pulling into the school parking lot.
When officers arrived, the could plainly see the drugs in the vehicle and questioned the volunteer for two hours. After verifying the volunteer’s story, law enforcement became suspicious and started to investigate the call and caller. Turns out, Kent Easter placed the call from a hotel in Newport Beach and was caught on survelliance cameras.
Both Jill and Kent Easter are expected to plead not guilty at their arraignment. No word on wheter Kent Easter is still a partner at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer in Newport Beach, California.