The Los Angeles County Sheriff has called the District Attorney’s office, saying that police were “never consulted” in the “light sentence” imposed on a teen who beat a mother and her child while high on drugs.
Alex Villanueva, 59, wrote in a Facebook statement that George Gascon, 68, “released a statement claiming that the Sheriff’s Department agreed with the light conviction” imposed on the now 17-year-old criminal.
‘We were never consulted because we were not the investigative agency. Sheriff’s Investigators would never agree to the light conviction in this hit and run,” he said.
‘Stop empowering and encouraging criminal behavior. Hold them accountable. #VictimsMatter.’
Gascon – who has come under fierce criticism over the past year for increasing crime in Los Angeles – said the sentence was “an appropriate solution.”
His office has been accused of being light-hearted in imposing crimes and bringing criminals back to the streets.
The teen was charged with five to seven months in a juvenile probation camp for the August crime. Prosecutors have criticized LA’s probation camps, calling them “less than a military school and a little more difficult than a summer camp.”
Gascon’s office said the juvenile justice system was intended to “rehabilitate young people.”
The 17-year-old, known only as KB, has pleaded guilty to two counts of assault through assault likely to cause bodily harm and a single felony count of hit-and-run, according to Fox news†
The baby was unharmed, but the mother suffered serious injuries, with part of her skin torn almost to the bone and glass coming out of her skin for two months.
The teen, identified only as KB, tested positive for drugs during the August accident and the victim, whose name was only Rachel, said he accelerated toward her before hitting her and her son Charlie (Photo: post-hit)
He tried to flee after brutally running over her (pictured), but another driver hit him and caused the teen to crash into a pole
The teen tested positive for drugs at the time and drove in the wrong direction down the one-way street. Surveillance video shows the driver turning to the side of the road and hitting victim Rachel, whose last name is unknown, and her son Charlie.
Rachel testified to her victim statement that the teen accelerated as he approached her.
The young criminal was seen trying to flee before a pickup truck collided with it, forcing the teen to hit a pole.
Rachel accused Gascon of “prioritising the livelihood of rotten monsters” with his lenient sentencing, adding: “George Gascon places no value on my life or the life of my child, or any other victim out there.”
She said she tried to get out of the way in the narrow alley, but the car swerved towards her and crashed into her and the stroller, throwing her over the top of the car and crashing into the baby.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva, 59, (left) wrote in a statement that DA George Gascon, 68, “issued a statement claiming that the Sheriff’s Department agreed with the light conviction” imposed on the now 17-year-old criminal. He claimed they were ‘never consulted’ and told the DA to ‘stop empowering and encouraging criminal behavior’
Sheriff posted the statement on Facebook, telling the DA to ‘wait’ [criminals] responsible’
‘I thought those were the last moments of our lives; we were dead,” she wrote. “That feeling, along with the memory of a car accelerating straight at us, will haunt me forever.”
She described in vivid detail the horrific moment when he rushed towards her and her baby.
“As the car approached me and my child, I stopped walking and propped the pram and myself against a building on the right side of the road to make sure we gave the reckless driver enough room to pass,” Rachel said.
“As the car came dangerously close to us, KB turned the wheels in our direction and accelerated as he wanted to kill us.”
She said she was terrified until he was caught seven months later, and said she still lives in fear.
“I was also told that his file would be deleted when he turns 18,” she continued.
‘How on earth is that possible? He tried to kill two innocent pedestrians. Murder. And we have video evidence. My child would be dead if I hadn’t been there to protect him.’
The district attorney’s office promises that KB will receive the treatment he needs, but Rachel said she was furious at the decision to send him to the probation camp.
“I have never been more surprised or disappointed, and in fact I have never felt more victimized than by the system and current policies of LA’s DA, George Gascon,” Rachel wrote.
“My heart breaks when I think of all the other victims out there, less fortunate than me, whose killers are given lenient sentences and released from prison before their sentences are complete.”
In her statement, she explained that the recovery took a long time and that her skin was torn almost to the bone in places.
“I was left with blood all over my body. I needed stitches in my right elbow after it split open when I hit the ground after rolling off the windshield. The top of my right shoulder was skinned almost to the bone, but you can’t stitch that skin together. I was left with road rash on both arms, wrists and elbows.
“Shards of glass continued to work out of my skin for 2 months after the attack. I had huge bruises up and down my left body from where the car hit my leg and how I ended up on the hood and windshield and bruises on my hips from the car impact and also the fall onto the tarmac.
“This attack has had a radical impact on my life and that of my family.”