The story of a then 16-year-old California teen plowing into a mother and her infant son in a stolen car only seems to get worse as more details are uncovered.
Under the direction of Los Angeles’s progressive left district attorney, George Gascón, prosecutors declined to charge the teenager with assault with a deadly weapon or attempted murder. The mother and child miraculously survived the assault with only minor injuries. The teen, who was reportedly high at the time, was sentenced to just 5 months in a “juvenile probation camp.”
And we now learn that the teen has a criminal background and was on probation at the time of the Aug. 2021 hit-and-run, according to Fox News. Turns out, the teen had been convicted of felony poisoning in 2019 after spiking a teenage girl’s drink in high school, resulting in her going to the hospital.
THREAD (1/4) A 16 y/o hit & run driver in a stolen car who ran over a mom & child in Venice was sentenced on Friday to 5-7 months in juvie camp. LA DA @GeorgeGascon office tells me this was an “appropriate resolution”, but I’ve learned he has a prior criminal history. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/HupMw9KRFu
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) June 5, 2022
(3/4) Despite the juvie’s criminal history, sources in the LA DA’s office tell me that in accordance with his policies, Gascon’s admin didn’t charge the juvie w/ assault w/ a deadly weapon or attempted murder for the hit & run, which led to light juvie camp sentence. @FoxNews
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) June 5, 2022
The young mother who literally placed her body between the vehicle and her baby released a statement that was shared by Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin:
“Someone with a criminal record tried to kill me and my son, and George Gascon thinks that five months of camp is a sufficient punishment,” she said. “Gascon’s office took the time to falsely comment on my case, but has taken no time to ask how we are doing. That’s because he doesn’t care. Gascon and his staff are highlighting their incompetence and their complete disregard for victims.”
NEW: Just spoke with the mother who was run over by this juvenile. She was unaware of his criminal history, or that he was on probation when the hit & run took place. She is furious about the light sentence, and the way this case was handled.
Her new statement to @FoxNews 👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/DOKF5bCmFv
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) June 6, 2022
“Fortunately, the baby was uninjured, and the mother received a laceration to her elbow,” Gascon’s office said on Friday. “The Sheriff’s Department agreed with the felony charges that were filed. At arraignment, the minor admitted two felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and one felony count of hit-and-run. The Probation Department recommended, and the court sentenced the minor to a youth camp for five to seven months, an appropriate resolution.”
The statement added that juvenile justice is intended to “rehabilitate young people,” but Gascon would soon be walking it all back when he got called out by Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
“We were never consulted as we were not the investigating agency,” Villanueva tweeted. “[Sheriff’s] Investigators would never be OK with the lightweight sentencing in this hit-and-run case. #VictimMatter.”
This prompted a spokesperson for the DA’s office to say, “Need to correct our statement from yesterday. LASD was not involved in the decision on the felony charge, as they were not the investigating agency in that case.”
Jon Hatami, Los Angeles deputy district attorney, told Fox News that it looks “very negligent” that the public is just now learning that the teenager was on probation at the time.
“As a district attorney, you have an obligation to be transparent,” Hatami said, adding that it’s possible Gascon didn’t tell the media about the probation on purpose.
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