SAN DIEGO â€“ Â Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday commuted the manslaughter sentence of the son of California’s former Assembly speaker, drawing criticism from the victim’s family.
The outgoing governor also granted clemency to a woman who killed her former pimp in a motel room when she was 16.
The moves come just hours before Schwarzenegger is scheduled to leave office on Monday.
Schwarzenegger said he believed the 16-year prison sentence that Esteban Nunez was serving was “excessive” in reducing his sentence from 16 years to seven years.
Nunez is the son of Fabian Nunez, a Democrat who served as Assembly speaker â€” one of the most powerful political leadership positions in the state â€” from 2004 to 2008.
Nunez pleaded guilty in May to voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon for his role in a fight that killed a 22-year-old man near San Diego State University in 2008.
Prosecutors said Nunez and friends went looking for a fight after they were refused entry to a fraternity party. Defense attorney Brad Patton said the men acted in self-defense after getting into a fight with the victim as they left the party.
The governor’s commutation documents point out that Nunez received the same sentence as co-defendant Ryan Jett, despite the court acknowledging that Jett was the person who actually stabbed and killed Luis Dos Santos, and that Jett had a significant criminal record while Nunez had none.
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