Schwarzenegger Issues Sentence Commutations on his Last Day as Governor
On his last full day as the 38th Governor of California, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted sentences of at least three inmates, including that of a son of a former Assembly Speaker who is a Democrat.
The governor commuted the sentence of Esteban Nuñez, now 22, from 16 years to 7 years for his role in the slaying of Mesa College student Luis Santos in 2008.
“I do not discount the gravity of the offense,” said the statement of the governor. “But given Nuñez’s limited role in Santos’ death, and considering that…Nuñez had no criminal record prior to this offense, I believe Nuñez’s sentence is excessive.”
Nuñez was given the same sentence as that of Ryan Jett, the man who actually stabbed Santos.
The father of Nuñez, Fabian Nuñez, was in the state Assembly for six years and served as its Speaker for four years. It is reported that the former assembly speaker is close to the governor having been the main players for passing the state’s landmark global warming law, which is one of the main achievements of the governor.
The father of Santos expressed his outrage for the commutation saying that it was a form of injustice since Schwarzenegger waited until his last day to execute it in an attempt to make the matter fly under the radar.
Schwarzenegger will step down from office Monday, November 3, and will be succeeded by Democrat Jerry Brown, who previously served as the state’s 34th governor.