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Convicted Killer’s Brother–Tim Wozniak–Back Behind Bars Monday

SEAL BEACH, CA A convicted double killer’s brother, who pleaded guilty to helping his sibling and later walked away from a drug rehabilitation facility, was back behind bars Monday. Tim Wozniak, 42, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon on a probation violation allegation, according to Orange County Jail records. He was arrested Friday, with bail set at $25,000. A warrant was issued for Wozniak’s arrest in mid-February, when he abruptly left a drug treatment facility. If Wozniak had completed the program successfully, prosecutors intended to dismiss a probation violation petition, Deputy District Attorney Mark Geller said then.

Wozniak was charged last year with attacking a girlfriend on Sept. 11. However, that misdemeanor domestic violence case was dropped as part of a plea bargain for being an accessory after the fact in the murders committed by his brother. As part of the plea deal reached last December, Wozniak was placed on three years of probation and was ordered to take 10 anger management classes. He was also sentenced to time served in jail, which amounted to 10 days, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy. Wozniak testified against his brother — who was sentenced to death last September — and pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to the accessory count.

Wozniak was not charged in a more recent case of domestic violence, which resulted in his arrest at an Irvine hotel last December.

According to Roxi Fyad of the Costa Mesa Police Department, he was accused of punching, grabbing and biting a girlfriend on Dec. 19 while driving on Bristol Street near the South Coast Plaza shopping center. The two ended up back at a hotel in Irvine, where a security guard noticed the woman was “distraught” and called police, Fyad said. Wozniak’s 32-year-old brother was convicted of the 2010 murders of 26- year-old Samuel Eliezer Herr and 23-year-old Julie Kibuishi.

Daniel Patrick Wozniak, a former Los Alamitos community theater actor, killed the victims to raise funds for his pending nuptials and honeymoon.

Following the killings, he handed his older brother a backpack containing the murder weapon and other incriminating evidence. Tim Wozniak agreed to “dispose of this backpack and all of the contents therein,” according to his plea deal.

“I later threw this backpack over a fence at my parents’ home in Long Beach, where it remained until recovered by police,” he admitted in his plea agreement. “I have since cooperated with the subsequent investigation and prosecution and I am deeply sorry for any and all of my involvement in this matter.”

City News Service, Police photo

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