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Esteban Nuñez Sentenced to 16 years in Prison

June 26th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Esteban Nuñez, son of former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, was sentenced yesterday to 16 years in prison (the maximum term for this crime). I suspect that with good behavior, prison overcrowding, and/or any influencing of his Papi that the younger Nuñez may end up only serving about 8 years.

San Diego 6 has a good summary of why the sentences for manslaughter were handed out this way, and it shows how Esteban was influenced by his friends. This isn’t too surprising when you look at the photos that Esteban Nuñez had published on his myspace account showing him and his friends drinking, partying, posing like thugs, etc.:

Esteban Nunez of Sacramento pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon for the Oct. 4, 2008, confrontation that took the life of Luis Santos — also known as Luis Dos Santos.

Ryan Jett, 24, of Sacramento, also pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and assault for instigating the incident, in which two of Santos’ friends were also stabbed and another friend suffered an eye injury.

Two others — Leshanor Thomas, 21, and 20-year-old Rafael Garcia — pleaded guilty to lesser charges and will be sentenced next Friday.

“Had they not all acted together, Luis would still be alive,” Deputy District Attorney Jill DiCarlo said.

Nunez was next to Jett the entire time to “aid and abet” the assault, the prosecutor said.

“He was not a passive participant — he did not play a minor role,” DiCarlo said. “He took on a tough guy, dominating role.”

Hopefully, the family of Luis Dos Santos finds peace and Esteban Nuñez serves out his sentence and avoids this kind of violence in the future. And I hope that politicians such as Mayor Villaraigosa and Kevin de Leon, who were quick to defend the younger Nuñez, think twice about publicly offering support to their colleagues’ children who engage in this kind of behavior. In rushing to defend Esteban Nuñez, these elected officials created an impression that they support deviant behavior.

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Tags: Antonio Villaraigosa · Crime · Fabian Núñez

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chicano future tense // Jun 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

    A smart politician would have publicly condemned such gang violence and strongly advocate that the judicial process be carried out fairly and impartially.And keep their noses out of it.
    Politicians and other such people in positions of power and influence should not be given favorable or exclusive treatment ,they should be held accountable and be judged equally as poor people.But then again,perhaps that is my idealism showing..
    “And Justice for All”

  • 2 Anna // Jun 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Mexican-American woman need to plan their children and stop having them at such young ages. Spend your 20s working, going to school and saving money. Take classes in child development!! Learn about attachment. If women learned how to control their fertility and studied child development, things would change radically.

  • 3 doctorH // Jun 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Esteban Nunez will probably do less than three years of his sentenced sixteen years, and will be quietly paroled thanks to official letters written by Antonio Villaraigosa, Kevin de Leon, and Gloria Romero on his behalf to entities within the California Department of Corrections. I am sure Fabian Nunez did the math, realizing this strategy is more frugal than spending several million dollars of public monies on legal efforts to accomplish this same goal. Ryan Jett, Leshanor Thomas, and Rafael Garcia will serve the bulk of their sentences, acquire agents at CAA, and then try to sell their stories to Hollywood, Cable, and Network television. This is how the upper 10% of American society circumvents the rule of law, and profits from it. Remember Michael Milken, the Junk Bond King?

  • 4 T // Jun 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I think he’ll become a perfect target for prison gangs, especially because his family is so politically connected. 3 years, 6 years, or 16years, he’s going to find out really quick how tough he really is when he’s in prison…Good luck Mr. Tough Guy!

  • 5 What The ... // Jun 27, 2010 at 10:41 am

    My question is, where were the parents when all this behavior was being displayed.

  • 6 Juan Alcala de Redwood City // Aug 25, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Fabian Nunez will be turned into a “prison wife.” That pendejo deserves nothing less. Let’s see how “bad” he is. Once he get out of prison, he may have to wear several layers of “Depends” considering that he would have been a prison wife for so many years!

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