Schwarzenegger Apologizes To Victim’s Family Over Clemency

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reportedly has apologized for not informing a slain man’s family he was cutting the prison term of one of the two people involved in the killing.

The victim’s father, Fred Santos, told KNX radio on Wednesday that he received a letter Saturday in which Schwarzenegger justifies one of his lasts acts as governor and apologizes for not giving the family advance notice. Santos told KNX he’s considering filing a victim’s rights lawsuit.

His son, Luis Santos, was stabbed to death in San Diego in 2008. Esteban Nunez, son of former state Assembly speaker Fabian Nunez, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Schwarzenegger recently commuted the 16-year sentence to seven years. Santos claims it’s because of Schwarzenegger’s friendship with the ex-speaker.

An aide confirms to The Associated Press that Schwarzenegger sent a letter to the family but has no further comment.

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  • Beverly Smith

    So Schwarzenegger did not apologize for his cowardly and disgraceful act, but for not informing the victim’s family beforehand. Shame on him.

  • Evi e Frances

    Evie Frances
    We are so surprised at Ex- Gov Schwarznegger for doing this. We liked him & supported him but jour opinion of him & our whold family has goine down the drain. How could you do that & hurt the family of the slain person so. You evidently have never been in a family where someone was murdered. Suppose it was your child? How would you feel? How could you even think of doing such a thing? He deserved everything & more of what he did & you are rescuing him?
    We are shocked at your doing this. We can hardly believe it. We have been in a family where someone was murdered. It is devastating. Many of us have never recovered. He already had a plea bargain sentence & you reduced it in half. We have no more respect or regard for you. We did esteem you highly before this but no more. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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