The sheriff of Los Angeles County has called out the District Attorney saying the police were ‘never consulted’ in the ‘lightweight sentence’ handed to a teen who hit 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 was okay with the lightweight sentencing’ handed over to the now 17-year-old criminal.
‘We were never consulted as we were not the investigating agency. Sheriff’s Investigators would never be ok with the lightweight sentencing in this hit and run case, ‘he siad.
‘Stop empowering and encouraging criminal behavior. Hold them accountable. #VictimsMatter. ‘
Gascon – who has been met with severe criticism in the last year as Los Angeles experiences highen crime, said the sentence was ‘an appropriate resolution.’
His office has been accused of being light on crime sentencing and letting criminals back out on the streets.
The teenager was charged to 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 bit tougher than a summer camp.’
Gascon office said that juvenile justice was intended to ‘rehabilitate young people.’
The 17-year-old, who is only known as KB, has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce bodily injury and a single felony count of hit-and-run, according to Fox News.
The teen, only identified as KB, tested positive for drugs during the August accident and the victim, whose only has been named as Rachel, said he accelerated at her before running her and her son Charlie over (pictured: post-hit)
He tried to flee the scene after brutally running her over (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 was driving down the one-way street in the wrong direction. Surveillance video shows the driver veering toward the side of the road, hitting the victim Rachel, who last name is unknown, and her son Charlie
Rachel tested her victim impact statement that the teen accelerated as he approached her.
The young criminal was seen trying to flee the scene before a pickup truck crashed into it and forced the teen to hit a pole.
Rachel accused Gascon, of ‘prioritizing the livelihood of rotten monsters’ with his lenient sentencing, and added: ‘George Gascon doesn’t value 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 veered towards her and smashed 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, ‘released a statement claiming that the Sheriff’s Department was ok with the lightweight sentencing’ handed over to the now 17-year-old criminal. He claimed they were ‘never consulted’ and told the DA to ‘stop empowering and encouraging criminal behavior’
The sheriff posted the statement on Facebook and told the DA to ‘hold [criminals] accountable ‘
‘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 directly into us, will haunt me forever.’
She described in vivid detail the horrific moment he surged towards her and her baby.
‘As the car approached me and my child, I stopped walking and moved the stroller and myself up against a building on the right side of the road to ensure that we gave the reckless driver plenty of room to pass,’ Rachel said.
‘As the car got dangerously close to us, KB turned the wheels in our direction and accelerated as he aimed to kill us.’
She said she was terrified until he was caught, seven months later, and said she continues to live in fear.
‘I was also told that his record would be wiped clean when he turns 18,’ she continued.
‘How on earth can that be? 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 DA’s office promises that KB will receive the treatment he needs, but Rachel said she was furious over the decision to send him to probation camp.
‘I have never been more surprised or disappointed, and, in fact, I have never felt so victimized as I have by the system and current policies of LA’s DA, George Gascon,’ Rachel wrote.
‘My heart breaks when I think about all of the other victims out there, less fortunate than me, whose murderers are getting lenient sentences and being released from prison before their sentences are complete.’
She detailed out in her statement that she recovery was long and in some places, her skin was nearly torn to the bone.
‘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 of the windshield. The top of my right shoulder was skinned nearly to the bone, but you can’t stitch that skin together. I was left with road rash all over both arms, wrists, and elbows.
‘Shards of glass continued to work their way out of my skin for 2 months after the attack. I had massive bruising up and down my left side body from where the car hit my leg and how I landed on the hood and windshield and bruising on my hips from car impact and also the fall down to the asphalt.
‘This assault has radically impacted my life and my family’s lives.’