On The Record


The Monthly Newsletter from

San Diego County District Attorney

Bonnie Dumanis


June 2011

Bonnie smiling

DA Files Suit on Behalf of Victims in Nu˝ez Case 

Nunez civil lawsuit

Along with victims in the case, DA Dumanis

announces the civil suit.

In a first-of-its-kind move, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis filed a civil lawsuit in San Diego County Superior Court, which would void the former Governor's commutation of Esteban Nu˝ez's prison sentence and reinstate the full sentence..


Nu˝ez pled guilty to three felony charges in connection with his role in the assault on four young men, including Luis Santos who died as a result of the attack. Nu˝ez was sentenced to 16 years in state prison for his role in personally stabbing and injuring three other victims during the attack.  But, on his last day in office, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted Nu˝ez's sentence to seven years.


"Once again, we are going to court to seek justice for the victims in this case," DA Dumanis said. "This is not about the power of the Governor, but the process."   


In the suit, the DA's Office argues that the Governor was constitutionally obligated to notify the victims of crime of his intent to commute a sentence and provide them with an opportunity to be heard under the 2008 Marsy's Law, Crime Victim's Rights bill. 

AG Visits San Diego, Talks About Prisoner Reentry Issues

Bonnie and Kamala

California Attorney General Kamala Harris was in San Diego recently for two events where she was introduced by District Attorney  Bonnie Dumanis -- the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association luncheon and the annual Lawyer's Club dinner.  DA Dumanis has been working with AG Harris and her transition team on prisoner reentry issues. 

California Senate Approves Bill Targeting Bail Skippers

CourtroomThe California Assembly is on its way to approving a District Attorney-sponsored bill that would add $100,000 to the bail of defendants who previously failed to appear in court.

"This is a win win for the taxpayers," said District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.  "It costs a lot of money to extradite defendants to face charges.  Every time one flees the jurisdiction prior to appearing in court, tax dollars are squandered."

Senate Bill 291 would provide that bail be set at $100,000 for a defendant who is extradited back to California to face original charges. The $100,000 would be in addition to the bail already set on the underlying charges.

The Senate has already unanimously approved the bill, which would keep defendants with a tendency to skip out on bail, in jail. The bill would save taxpayers from having to pay for extradition fees. The bill will next be heard by the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

DA Investigator Honored at Crime Stoppers Luncheon


Scott Young, a veteran District Attorney Investigator, was honored by San Diego Crime Stoppers for his tenacious work on an economic crimes and sex crimes case.


At the same luncheon where Young was honored,  District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis called Crime Stoppers an important partner of the DA's Office.


"Tips from the public can often be that crucial piece of information that leads to an arrest and to the District Attorney's Office being able to prosecute a case," said DA Dumanis.  To date, 4,000 cases have been solved by Crime Stoppers, including more than 100 homicides.

Bonnie Dumanis and DAI Scott Young
DA Bonnie Dumanis, DAI Scott Young and FBI's Keith Slotter.


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Eric Protas, 38, was sentenced to 26 years in prison for repeatedly molesting a teenage boy. The East County man was the boy's karate instructor. 


Ronald Troyer, 66, was sentenced to nearly 17 years in state prison for a DUI hit-and-run that injured three teenagers.  Troyer's car ran up onto a La Jolla sidewalk.


Bud Henry Shelton, 22, was sentenced to 11 years and four months in prison for attempted robbery of an East County Chevron Food Mart. Shelton was on probation for another robbery at the time of his most recent crime.




The Employees of the San Diego District Attorney, in partnership with the Community we serve, are dedicated to the pursuit of truth, justice and protection of the innocent, and the prevention of crime through the vigorous and professional prosecution of those who violate the law.