By Randy Economy
January 3, 2010
The outrage over the "commutation" of thug Esteban Nunez by now FORMER CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER has caused a media firestorm. The LA TIMES blasted a huge headline and long summation of the news.
ESTEBAN NUNEZ is a HOT TRENDING TOPIC on GOOGLE this morning.
Every talk radio show up and down the Left Coast is a buzz and so am I. People are mad as hell over this situation, and this is not going to be "swept" under some random carpet anytime soon.
Anyway, I wanted to post the ACTUAL COMMUTATION of ESTEBAN NUNEZ in its entirety.
Amazing how politics and politicians can destroy our Judicial system at the 11th hour of the term from the worst Governor we have had here in California in almost a Century.
.Shame on Arnold, and EVERYONE who had ANYTHING to do with this INJUSTICE!
Keep hitting my comment section. Sound Off. Send the word around about this. Don't sit on your hands.
BTW. All of these photos come from Esteban Nunez FORMER MY SPACE account that has been now CLOSED.
Commutation of ESTEBAN NUNEZ, CASE AE-1200
On October 4, 2008, Esteban Nunez and Ryan Jett fought with Luis Dos Santos and several
others near San Diego State University. During the fight, Jett stabbed Santos to death with a
knife. Nunez did not kill Santos. Both Jett and Nunez entered a plea agreement and were
convicted for voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to the maximum term in State prison.
Santos’s death is tragic, and I do not discount the gravity of the offense. But given Nunez’s
limited role in Santos’s death, and considering that, unlike Jett, Nunez had no criminal record
prior to this offense, I believe Nunez’s sentence is excessive. Accordingly, I commute Nunez’s
sentence to the lower term for the crimes for which he was convicted: seven years in State
According to the probation report, around the time of the offense, Nunez, Jett, Rafael Garcia,
and Leshanor Thomas drank alcohol and went to a college fraternity party. They were not
admitted to the party, and they left. They drank some more, and they talked about fighting
someone. At some point, Jett saw Santos and Brandon Scheerer on the university campus.
Jett yelled at them and threw up his hands. Led by Jett, they confronted Santos and Scheerer.
Santos and Scheerer ran off in opposite directions. Santos met up with Keith Robertson, Evan
Henderson, and another person named Jason. Santos was panicked, and he said that they
were “about to be jumped by four or five guys.” Santos, Robertson, Henderson, and Jason
walked down a street to find Scheerer. At that time, Jett confronted Santos, and a fight broke
out between the two groups. Both groups had been drinking throughout the evening. The fight
occurred sometime after 2:00 a.m. and lasted between 30 and 45 seconds.
Not surprisingly, there are different versions of the fight. However, the following key facts are
not in dispute: During the fight, Jett stabbed Santos once through the chest, severing his heart.
Robertson and Henderson were also stabbed. According to Nunez’s sentencing brief, Nunez
admitted he stabbed Henderson in the stomach. Scheerer also joined the fight, and Thomas
punched him in the eye.
Jett, Nunez, Garcia, and Thomas left the scene. Thomas drove the group to Sacramento.
Once there, they went to the Sacramento River, burned their clothes, and threw their knives in
Nunez was 19 years old at the time of the offense, and he had no previous criminal record. He
subsequently pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter with the use of a knife. He also pled guilty to
assaulting Henderson and Robertson with a deadly weapon, and he admitted that he inflicted
great bodily injury on Henderson and Robertson. Nunez was sentenced to an aggregate term
of 16 years in state prison. The court imposed the maximum 11-year sentence for voluntary
manslaughter, plus one year for using a knife. The court also sentenced Nunez to one year for
assaulting Henderson with a deadly weapon, plus one year for inflicting great bodily injury.
Similarly, the court sentenced Nunez to one year for assaulting Robertson with a deadly
weapon, plus one year for inflicting great bodily injury. Having been once convicted of a felony, Nunez applied for a commutation of his sentence on the ground that his sentence is disproportionate in comparison to Jett’s sentence. Like Nunez, Jett also pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter with the use of a knife and two
counts of assault with a deadly weapon, each enhanced for inflicting great bodily injury. And
like Nunez, Jett was sentenced to 16 years in state prison. He too received the maximum 11-
year term for voluntary manslaughter. But at Jett’s sentencing hearing, the court told Jett, “I believe a fair reading of the evidence, including logical inferences from the circumstantial evidence, is that you were the person that actually caused the death of Mr. Dos Santos by inflicting the knife wound to his chest area.”
The court also said that Jett “killed Luis Dos Santos. He severed his heart. He cut through the ribs.” In addition, Jett was identified as occupying a position of leadership in the offense. “I believe,” the court said, “that the best evidence is that you were the person who started the confrontation, if you will, and confronted Mr. Santos.” On the other hand, the court acknowledged at Nunez’s sentencing hearing that Nunez, “pled to
aiding and abetting” in the death of Santos. He was not the actual killer. But despite the evidence that Jett was a leader and instigator in the offense, and that he stabbed and killed Santos, the court sentenced Nunez to the same maximum prison sentence as Jett. Moreover, Nunez and Jett had very different criminal backgrounds, and this fact deserved greater weight at Nunez’s sentencing. This offense was Nunez’s first, and he had no prior criminal record. In contrast, the court told Jett at his sentencing hearing, “Your convictions as
an adult are numerous and in increasing seriousness.” The court also noted that Jett was on probation at the time of the offense, and that he had been given chances on probation and to rehabilitate himself. But, the court indicated, his performance, “quite frankly, is a dismal failure.” Considering Nunez’s limited role in the killing and his clean prior criminal record, I believe his sentence is disproportionate in comparison to Jett’s. The lower terms for voluntary manslaughter (three years) and assault with a deadly weapon (two years each) would be more appropriate in light of these differences.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, in
accordance with the authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of
California, hereby commute Esteban Nunez’s 16-year sentence to seven years in State prison.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State
of California to be affixed this 31st day of December, 2010.
Governor of California
Secretary of State
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Monday, January 03, 2011
ESTEBAN NUNEZ: Here is the ENTIRE COMMUTATION ORDER FROM NOW FORMER (THANK GOODNESS) CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
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