San Francisco Porn Mogul’s Son Sentenced For Killing Ex-Girlfriend

SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) – James Mitchell, the heir to the Mitchell Brothers adult film business, was sentenced to 35 years to life Tuesday morning for killing his ex-girlfriend, Danielle Keller, and kidnapping their young daughter two years ago.

Mitchell, 29, of Pittsburg, was convicted of bludgeoning Keller with an aluminum softball bat at her Diablo Court home in Novato on July 12, 2009, the child’s first birthday.

He was arrested several hours later in Citrus Heights, and the couple’s daughter was found safe in his car.

Marin County Superior Court Judge Kelly Simmons sentenced Mitchell to 26 years to life for first-degree murder and use of a weapon, and nine years for domestic violence battery and kidnapping.

Mitchell addressed the court Tuesday morning, again denying he killed Keller. He called the case “a big circus from day one.”

He said he felt unfairly put in the spotlight because of his association with the Mitchell Brothers’ porn empire.

“It was nothing but poison in the water and a flock of sheep running over a cliff at the sound of ‘James Mitchell,’” he said.

He said he never wanted any part in the family business.

“I was just born with my father’s name,” he said.

Mitchell said he still loves his daughter and Danielle. He testified during the trial that two other men were at the Novato home when he arrived there for his daughter’s birthday party on the day of the murder, and said they were responsible for the killing.

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  1. Tours Martel says:

    Yet I doubt that he donated any of his porn inheritance to charity!

  2. SB says:

    Can you tell me why he did not get the death penalty????

  3. Sigmund says:

    I’m sure the forensic evidence backs up his ‘STORY’. Yes, as SB asked, WHY DIDN’T HE GET THE DEATH PENALTY?? Murder + Kidnap = DEATH PENALTY case. What did the jury recommend? Death Penalty cases CANNOT be plea bargained, so it HAD to go to a jury.

  4. Rich says:

    It was my understanding in a another article that there were witnesses to the beating.

  5. Mark H says:

    Death penalty would certainly have been appropriate for this planned and vicious murder.

  6. broshow says:

    An even better question is why does the ‘theater’ bandit get 105 years for three bank jobs bringing in $7000 and a brutal murderer (baseball bat?) gets 35 for beating his ex girlfriend to death in front of their child.

    1. danyodan says:

      San Francisco Liberal Judge.

    2. Ugly American says:

      broshow – Probably because life isn’t worth anything.

  7. Buzz says:

    The guy had it made and he commits a murder, what an imbecile. Rot in prison, birtbag!

  8. Mari says:

    What happens to all that beautiful money?

  9. Brandywine3 says:

    Did they get the Casey Anthony Jury? What does it take to put someone away? I guess I thought when you killed someone (especially with a baseball bat), would be kind of like…..a life sentence. Parole anyone? I’ll bet the two men he talks about are hanging with O.J’s wife’s killer. Party on.

  10. Harry Brotten says:

    Should people who participate in porn be at least over 21 legally?

  11. Harry Brotten says:

    there should be a Law!

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