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Teen Driver Given Maximum Sentence for Nuri Killing

The teenager who killed Solaiman Nuri and his 9-year-old daughter Hadessa with his SUV will be in juvenile custody for about three years until his 21st birthday.

More than six months after a father and daughter cycling on Treat Boulevard were hit and killed by a car, the teenage driver responsible has been sentenced and will spend the next three years in juvenile custody.

In a hearing Monday, a judge handed down the maximum possible sentence of seven years and eight months for the teenager. However, since the teen was 17 at the time of the incident, he can only be held until his 21st birthday. He turned 18 this month. California law stipulates that juveniles cannot be charged as adults for vehicular manslaughter.

The teenager initially pleaded not guilty in the case but changed his plea last month. He was convicted of two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and unlawful acts, and driving causing injury. The April 7 crash killed Solaiman Nuri, 41, and his 9-year-old daughter Hadessa. Hannah Nuri, 12, survived the collision.

The circumstances of the incident were described in court Monday. Witnesses heard how the then-17-year-old driver sped through a yellow light on Treat Boulevard at Oak Grove Road, accelerating to 71 mph in the 45-mph zone as he dodged around two cars. He then lost control, hit the father and his two daughters and crashed through a fire hydrant, brick wall and pillars along the side of the road.

Investigators deemed that the teen had no drugs or alcohol in his bloodstream and had not been texting at the time of the collision. The teenager, however, was driving without insurance and had only had his license for around six months.

Solaiman Nuri died at the scene of the crash while Hadessa succumbed to her injuries a short time later at a hospital. According to the family's attorney, Michael Cardoza, wife and mother Stoorai Nuri was hoping that the teenager would be charged as an adult so that the conviction would stay on his permanent record. However, Cardoza, the juvenile system is a rehabilitative process and "justice was served."

The teen will spend the next three years at a locked facility in the Youthful Offender Treatment Program. Patch has decided not to name the teenager due to his age. 

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Penny Roberts October 23, 2012 at 01:53 AM
He should have been charged as an adult.
Ahmad Hasani October 23, 2012 at 06:41 AM
This is ridiculous! Justice was not served. He should be put on death row! He took lives!
Kathy D October 23, 2012 at 03:08 PM
This is not justice. He should have been charged as an adult and served a lengthy prison sentence. However, his sentence is a "done deal". He should also have his driver's license permanently revoked, and be ordered to pay restitution for the costs of the funerals, and child support to the minor child until she turns 18. 3 years in a juvenile facility and "rehabilitation" doesn't begin to pay for the lives he has damaged. According to CBS news, Rosen was silent during his sentencing and never offered an apology to the Nuri family. How cold is that?? There is no question of his guilt or an apology being deemed as an admission of guilt, at this point, so own up, put on your big boy pants and apologize to the family.
Emily Henry (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Kathy, I think it's important to point out that he had written letters and offered apologies to the Nuri family multiple times and been rebuffed.
HeresWhereMyNameGoes October 23, 2012 at 08:32 PM
The sentence seems ridiculously short and a bit of an insult to the family. However, the suggestion that this is a death penalty case shows a profound lack of understanding with regards to the death penalty statute.
Born and Raised October 23, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Emily, I think it is more important to note that he did not make any contact with the family until AFTER he changed his plea in September. He had 5 months to reach out to the Nuri family. Many (myself included) would look at that as trying to garner sympathy after the guilty plea in an attempt to bargain.
carrera October 23, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I heard this morning that his sentence as an adult might have been shorter...one year in prison and then home confinement.
Eastofthehills October 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM
The defendent's silence is prior to the change in plea is understable. Most likely on the advice of his lawyer. Any apology could be construed as a confession or admission of guilt. It's goes to liability and legal strategy that he exercise his right to remain silent. Basically while the courts worked out the details of the case in makes sense for the defense to keep it's options open. Had this gone to trial an apology etc could have been used as evidence against the defendent.
Alex Throttlebottom October 23, 2012 at 11:33 PM
What good is an apology? Does it bring the victim's back to life? Does it diminish what he did? Does it make everything alright or even tolerable? An apology offers nothing of substance to the victim's family. It simply allows the defendant to feel better about himself. Who cares how he feels? The victim impact statement is a chance for the family to speak their mind. His words are useless & meaningless. "I'm sorry," doesn't fix anything about this tragedy. I hope he's plagued for the rest of his life by the trauma he has inflicted upon an innocent family.
anonymous January 07, 2013 at 01:11 AM
This is a perfect example of what is wrong with our justice system...he is old enough to drive a car, but not old enough to insure his vehicle, and not old enough to understand that his vehicle is a weapon? Ridiculous! Throw the book at him. Because of his recklessness a family/families have been shattered forever! Totally unavoidable!
Leslie Wong August 26, 2013 at 01:38 AM
That's it, three years? The judicial system is anything but just. This kid, now an adult, killed two innocent people whom he'd never met, who had never done him any wrong and the third surviving victim probably has nightmares about that day still. I would. I drive through this intersection, passed the location of impact and I can't help but get the slightest bit upset over what happened some years ago now. Add insult to injury the two counts of manslaughter won't be permanently on his record because he was a minor at the time? This is too absurd. Our laws make absolutely no sense. If you kill even one person, that should be on your record as permanently as that person's death is. He ruined several lives that day and he should have to live with the consequences his entire life, not a measly three year sentence. If the driver gets his license reinstated, I'm never biking through that intersection again and warning all others to avoid it too.

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