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Schwarzenegger Apologizes To Victim’s Family Over Clemency

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (AP)

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (AP)

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.

(© 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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