Burcham sentenced to life in prison for spousal abuse, torture, attempted murder, more

Bonsall resident Joshua Burcham has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty on one count of spousal abuse; two counts of attempted murder with allegations of personal use of a deadly weapon and inflicting gross bodily injury; and one count of torture with the allegations of personal use of a deadly weapon and inflicting bodily injury.

The torture count called for the life term. In order for Burcham to receive a life sentence for the attempted murder, the allegation of premeditation would have found to be true by the jury. However, it was not.

According to Sheriff’s deputy Jeff Lauhon, who was the lead investigating officer in the case, Burcham will not begin serving his life sentence until after 18 years and eight months of prison time.

“Once he serves the 18 years, eight moths, the life sentence begins,” stated Lauhon. “[Burcham] will not be eligible for parole until seven years after that, meaning he will not be eligible for parole for 25 years, eight months.”

Though Lauhon did not speak to the Eagleton family – the family that had been victimized by Burcham – after the sentencing, he stated they had declared they were “pleased” with the result.

“Personally, I would have been happy if this had never happened in first place,” said Lauhon. “It had been a big investigation involving a lot of people. We all came together in the end to pull this case together.”

5 Responses to "Burcham sentenced to life in prison for spousal abuse, torture, attempted murder, more"

  1. Vet and Legal Resident   May 31, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Take care Josh and even though you have done some horrendous things to your life and the lives of "others’, I truly hope you find peace with your life and where you are.

    You truly were a good guy.


    He could have had the world by the neck. Now it has him. I also pray that the victims and his family, mostly, will be able to recover and move on with their lives.

  2. FBK Res   May 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Wow Josh has really thrown away his life. I used to be friends with him and his brother when we were younger. Josh used to be a good guy and then he got all messed up on meth. It is sad what has become of him and what he did to those people. Now he will spend the rest of his life in a jail cell. DON’T do drugs!!

  3. Cranky   May 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    As someone who has loosly followed this story as it progressed in the Village News, all I can say is I feel very badly for everyone involved in this. The length of the sentence doesn’t suprise me, but I don’t understand how 18 + 7 = 27, and what role do the 8 moths play? Heck, I’ll take on 8 moths any day, and all at the same time. I wouldn’t like to be facing life in prison though.

    Editor’s note: the typo in the # of years has been corrected.

  4. justwondering   June 1, 2011 at 7:47 am

    AWFUL all around..now hes being punished..what Id like to know is how is the"vistim" has she been forgotten and has the family gotten her in a treatment program?Years of abuse doesnt"go away" and it sounds as tho she was as messed up as he was..perhaps a follow up story ..definately someone needs to be monitering this situation..how could a parent allow a 14 year old to live away from home with a non parent?

  5. flower   June 1, 2011 at 10:41 am

    If you read the articles, the victim was 18 yrs. old, but had been "sneaking" out to see this pediphile at a younger age without the parents knowledge. I agree 100% with FBK Res, meth had been the main player in this whole scenario. This is a prime example of how meth or any kind of drug usage destroys families. As for the victim she won’t be forgotten and most likely looking at the family who were there in court for her, will get her the help that she needs.


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