Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Esteban Nuñez





LOS ANGELES - Son of Former Speaker Has His Prison Term Cut — With just hours left in his term, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted the sentence of a former State Assembly speaker’s son who is in prison for his role in a 2008 killing. Esteban Nuñez, the son of the former speaker, Fabian Nuñez, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter after a drunken fight near San Diego State University led to the stabbing death of Luis Santos. Mr. Nuñez, now 21, was sentenced to 16 years in state prison, but Mr. Schwarzenegger reduced the sentence to seven years. In a statement released Sunday — his last night in office — Mr. Schwarzenegger noted that although Mr. Nuñez had no prior criminal record and was not the one to deliver the fatal blow, he had received the same sentence as Ryan Jett, a fellow defendant who already had two convictions and killed Mr. Santos with a stab to the chest. “I believe Nuñez’s sentence is excessive,” the statement said. “He was not the actual killer.” As speaker until 2008, Fabian Nuñez had been one of the most powerful politicians in California. High-profile politicians were involved in the case from early on, with former Gov. Pete Wilson among those who sent letters in support of the younger Mr. Nuñez. - IAN LOVETT

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