My News LA reported recently that the California Supreme Court declined on Wednesday to review a case in which a repeat DUI offender was convicted of second-degree murder for a motor vehicle accident that killed a man in the California town of Glendora.
The repeat DUI offender is currently serving a sentence of 15 years to life in state prison for the accident, which took place on August 9, 2017. The CA Supreme Court declined to review a ruling dated October 14 by a three-justice panel from the Second District Court of Appeals that noted the offender was “well-acquainted with the dangers associated with drinking and driving” at the time of the crash.”
In the incident, a man 58 years of age was working next to his landscaping truck when he was struck by the offender. The offender’s blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.22% about 30 minutes after the accident, with an expert from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stating it would have been as high as 0.25% immediately after the crash, which is three times the amount considered legally impaired.
The man had two prior convictions for DUI, in 2006 and 2010, and had been warned repeatedly about the potential to face murder charges if he killed someone while driving drunk.