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  • Supervisor Efren Carrillo faces State prosecutor Cody Hunt during Carrillo's testimony in his peeking trial, Thursday April 24, 2014 at the Sonoma County Courthouse in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

Carrillo offered his most detailed version yet of the events that led to his early morning foray to his neighbor's home. He insisted he committed no crime, but admitted that drinking influenced his actions in an explanation that appeared at turns, both self-serving and painfully embarrassing.

"I think if I had not been drinking, I would not have gone over there," he said.

Carrillo's testimony was part of a legal gamble to take his case to trial rather than admit the misdemeanor allegation and face a maximum six-month jail sentence. He exposed unflattering personal details, such as his willingness to be unfaithful to his girlfriend and his alcoholism, which he said began at Santa Rosa High School and got worse in college.

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In exchange, Carrillo appeared to be hoping for an acquittal. Jurors could also consider a lesser charge of attempted peeking, with a maximum three-month jail sentence.

His lawyer, Chris Andrian, told jurors his client was a "knucklehead" and acted like a "frat boy" but insisted there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Andrian said Carrillo broke a window screen when he tried to knock on it to get his neighbor's attention but did not peer inside.

He warned jurors against convicting Carrillo based on just his statement to police that he "peeked" into her backyard to see if she was awake.

But prosecutor Cody Hunt argued it was clear Carrillo looked into the woman's bedroom window and a sliding-glass door off her back patio.

He grilled Carrillo about his account of the time between when his girlfriend dropped him off at his apartment about 2 a.m. and when he went over to his neighbor's apartment.

"From what I recall, I was dropped off and saw a light on and made the decision to walk over there," Carrillo said.

Hunt also suggested Carrillo had a selective memory about what he did when he got to the woman's apartment. He said Carrillo recalled knocking on her front door and walking through a side gate but couldn't remember details like whether he knocked on her sliding-glass door and how long he spent on her property.

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