Ronny Ward, who was convicted in 2019, has up to now served lower than half of his most six-year jail sentence. He’s set to be launched in November.
RIO LINDA, Calif. — A mom who lost her unborn child after a person driving below the affect in Rio Linda crashed into her is condemning his early launch from jail.
Ronny Ward was sentenced on Nov. 8, 2019, to a few years in state jail. He was charged with felony DUI inflicting nice bodily harm. He wasn’t charged with the demise of the newborn as a result of California legislation would not embody the demise of a fetus in its definition of manslaughter or vehicular manslaughter.
He is anticipated to be launched on Nov. 16 after serving two and a half years of his most six-year sentence.
“It ought to have been manslaughter as an alternative of a DUI with bodily hurt as a result of he did kill my son,” Villegas stated. “I really feel like I am simply going by means of it yet again.”
Villegas, who was six months pregnant, was standing on the left of the entrance of her parked Chevy Impala on April 8, 2019. Police stated Ronny Ward was driving a jeep westbound on M Avenue when he veered to the suitable and crashed right into a parked Chevy Impala.
Villegas was taken to an area hospital the place she had an emergency C-section, the place the baby later died. The household named the newborn RJ.
“I actually wish to get the phrase on the market that he’s principally getting off scot-free, and now, me and my household are paying the value. We’re those which might be principally doing the life time period,” Villegas stated.
Sacramento County District Lawyer Anne Marie Schubert referred to as Ward’s early launch outrageous as a result of it might imply he served lower than half of his sentence.
“The crime occurred after Inmate Ward had an extended historical past of alcohol-related offenses and incidents,” Schubert stated in a letter to the California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. “Within the days main as much as his crime, Ronny Ward was a menace to his neighborhood. Witnesses reported that on a number of events, he had pushed recklessly, revving his engine, swerving by means of site visitors, blowing by means of cease indicators, doing donuts, and nearly hitting a pedestrian and her canine.”
Beneath is the total letter from Sacramento County District Lawyer Anne Marie Schubert.
California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation additionally launched a press release concerning Ward’s launch.
“Typically, incarcerated folks could also be given credit by their sentencing court docket for time served whereas awaiting adjudication, in addition to for collaborating in programming and academic alternatives and extra credit whereas assigned to the Conservation Camp Program,” the assertion reads.
Whereas Ciara works to get the phrase out in regards to the launch, she is holding onto hope.
Ciara’s daughter Aria was born 6 months in the past. Her due date was her late son RJ’s birthday.
“My daughter is the one factor principally that retains me going proper now,” Villegas stated.
Villegas is partnering with MADD, Moms Towards Drunk Driving, for a walk in Roseville on Saturday at 9:00 am at Maidu Park.