The Law Offices of Kyle J. Humphrey is proud to announce that
Attorney Jared M. Thompson has secured a pair of acquittals for one of our recent clients. Junior
Salas, 22, stood accused of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence,
and of DUI causing great bodily injury but was found not guilty of both
charges and has now been released.
As Bakersfield.com reports, Salas collided with the vehicle of Julia Camposano and Victor Porta on
October 12, 2013. Porta was killed in the crash and Camposano was injured.
It was later found, using a new mouth swab test, that Salas had minimal
traces of marijuana and methamphetamine in his body. His blood alcohol
content was 0.03%, well under the legal limit.
While prosecutors believed that Salas should receive harsh penalties for
the accident, Attorney Jared Thompson made it clear to the court that,
while the circumstances were indeed tragic, the evidence did not suggest
that Salas acted with "gross negligence." The jury agreed and
found Salas not guilty of both vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence,
and of DUI causing great bodily injury.
"His driving, his lower level of impairment, it just didn’t
indicate gross negligence," Attorney Thompson told the press. "He
did what he did, he did make some poor judgements. But I do feel like
he’s learned a lot, especially given the time he served."
Judge Susan M. Gill oversaw the recent sentencing hearing in Kern County
Superior Court and agreed to stay Salas' remaining penalty for the
two guilty verdicts for lesser charges he did receive: vehicular manslaughter
while intoxicated, with ordinary negligence, and of driving under the
influence of alcohol or drugs causing bodily injury to a separate person.
The penalties for these crimes can carry a maximum of 15 years, but Judge
Gill took into account Salas' young age and already-considerable time
in jail: almost two years. Salas, the father of a one-year-old child,
is now a free man. He will pay restitution to the victims of the accident.
"The evidence was the intoxication was low. The evidence was Mr. Salas
did wait until he believed he was able to drive safely," Judge Gill
remarked during the sentencing. "I don’t think maxing out Mr.
Salas on prison time is going to make him a better human being."
The Law Offices of Kyle J. Humphrey congratulates Attorney Thompson on
this latest courtroom victory and look forward to more of his exemplary
work on behalf of our clients in 2016 and beyond.
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