WEAK DUI LAWS IN CALIFORNIA PREVENT THIS BOZO FROM BEING INCARCERATED FOR ANY LONGER THAN 12 YEARS
CHICO, CALIF. – A 65-year-old Chico resident, Richard Wayne Wilson, was sentenced to 12 years and eight months in state prison after pleading guilty to all counts and allegations on the third day of his jury trial on January 29, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said.
On January 12, 2015, Wilson had been driving westbound in the eastbound lanes on Skyway near Paradise resulting in a head-on collision, which killed a Chico woman and severely injured a Paradise man.
Ramsey said Wilson had been driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the offense with a blood alcohol level of approximately 0.17 percent.
The surviving Paradise man who was injured addressed the court stating the events which occurred that day were “totally devastating” and he does not want to see Wilson back out on the streets again.
The daughter of the Chico woman who died in the collision addressed the court on behalf of their family.
She stated, “My family should have had another good 30 years of love, life, and guidance with her, which we will never get back. I think about how many chapters of my life that I still have to live, that my mom will not be a part of. I won’t have my mother on the day I get married. My mom won’t be there for the day I have my first child. The list of personal events she will not be there for is too many to name.” ….MORE
In handing down the upper term sentence, Judge Robert A. Glusman stated if he could sentence Wilson to more time, he would have.
Fatal Crash a Crowning Glory to Richard Wayne Wilson’s DUI career and Tribute to Liberal Judges and California Lawmakers
PARADISE, CALIF. – The driver in Monday’s deadly head-on, wrong-way collision on Skyway that killed a Chico woman and injured a Paradise man was driving on a suspended license due to prior driving under the influence convictions.
Jonna Therese Smith, 51, of Chico, was identified Tuesday morning as the woman who died in the 2:20 p.m. accident on the Skyway.
The California Highway Patrol said Richard Wayne Wilson, 64, of Chico, is facing felony DUI and manslaughter charges in addition to a potential felony charge of driving in the wrong direction on a divided highway causing death or injury.
According to court records, Wilson has been cited for driving on a suspended license with DUI priors three times and was cited a fourth time for driving on a suspended license with a failure to appear.
Wilson was arrested for misdemeanor DUI in 1991 and 1992, while in 1994 he was arrested on two felony DUI charges.
He was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison on the felony DUI charges.
In 2011, he was twice arrested for driving on a suspended license.
From the preliminary investigation, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Donnelly said the driver of a green Dodge Neon, Wilson, was driving westbound on eastbound Skyway, ultimately colliding with a silver Toyota Prius, driven by Paradise resident, Steve Julian Valencia, 58.
Valencia suffered major internal injuries, according to CHP, and was transported to Enloe Medical Center.
CHP said that Smith died at the scene while Wilson suffered a heel fracture and a dislocated hip and is at Enloe. ....MORE