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Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen has released a video detailing Kevin Neal’s troubled and criminal past.

Posted: Nov 16, 2017 6:35 PM

Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen has released a video detailing Kevin Neal’s troubled and criminal past.

He said Neal has been arrested several times, but never convicted.
Those charges ranged from false imprisonment to assault with a deadly weapon, among others.

“This is simply the mass murder, a shooting rampage of a deranged, paranoid killer,” said Tehama County Sheriff Gregg Cohen.

On Tuesday morning Kevin Neal, also known as Kevin smith, took the lives of 5 people in the community of Rancho Tehama, and shot 9 others, 2 of whom were kids, before being killed by police.

Neal has never before been convicted of a crime.

But let's go back to the beginning, to his his first of many arrests.

In 1989, he was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstructing a peace officer.
In 1992, he was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell.
In 2006, he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon with serious injury. These all happened in North Carolina.

In California, he was arrested in 2013 for a hit and run.

Again, all arrests, no convictions.

This is important because this means he could still legally possess firearms. Now let's jump to last January, when he was, again, arrested.

“The case involved Mr. Neal confronting 2 of his female neighbors, firing shots at them, and then jumping a fence ending up in the stabbing of one, stealing a cellphone, and holding them hostage for a period of time,” Cohen said in the video.
He immediately made his $160,000 bail.

“A person is innocent until proven guilty, so even though there might be a rush for justice in this case as far as he should have been tried and convicted, that's not how our system works,” Cohen said.

But when he came back, he kept repeatedly harassing those two neighbors.

That's when the D.A. petitioned for a criminal protective order, which was served to Neal in court in February.

There are a couple of terms that stand out. Term 6 said that he must not harass, strike, threaten, assault, bother, or molest the two protected females.

“Term 7 specifically said he must not own, use, possess, obtain a firearm or ammunition, and must surrender or sell any firearm in his possession,” he said.

That did not happen.

On Tuesday, officials found weapons with multi round clips at his home. They were not registered and illegal, and deputies believe he manufactured them himself.

He would go on to kill his wife, Barbara Glisan, and hide her body underneath the floorboards in his home, before beginning his deadly rampage.

He was also being prosecuted by the district attorney for several charges at the time of the shooting.

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