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.