“Following a DUI accident in February that caused major injuries to Naomi Perras’ 55-year-old mother Sheila Fine and 39-year-old cousin Phillip James Keeney. Jerrica Taylor was sentenced Friday by Humboldt Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen included four years of supervised probation and 365 days in jail, with one of those being suspended. An outcome the daughter of one of the victims said was inadequate.”
We agree. First of all, Taylor will never serve anything close to a year in jail. Supervised probation in this county is a joke.
Violating probation in this county doesn’t hold any real consequences.
“Naomi Perras said her mother feels blessed to be alive because her surgeon told her he had never seen someone live after that many fractures. “My mother broke both her legs, all compound fractures, and has had multiple surgeries,” Perras said. “The last one was to take bone from her hip to replace missing femur bone.”
“My mother wanted it to be known that although we agreed to the plea deal, because we felt it was the best option, she feels it’s inadequate and her hope is that Ms. Taylor gets the help she needs,” Naomi Perras said in court. “My mother was a very vibrant, active 55-year-old prior to the accident, and the possibility of her life going back to what it was before the accident is slim. We don’t have a date for when she’ll be able to walk again.”
“I’d tell you, but for the attitudes of the victim, this is a prison case and I would send you to jail,” Reinholtsen said during the sentencing.”
The Victims of these and other crimes feel pressured and forced into agreeing to this type of “bad deal” from the DA’s office or they get nothing.
Another in the continuing drum beat of “very bad” pleads being foisted on the victims and the public. In less than a year’s time, we’ll all be driving on the same public roads with Jerrica Taylor, because this is Humboldt County’s idea of justice and protection of public safety.
What good does it do to have an expensive over armed bunch on DA investigators, when all that happens is these woefully inadequate/expedient plead deals?
The Examiner Staff hopes after the dust settles from the primary election and the field is narrowed down to two candidates; that real solutions and concrete plans, are brought forward and debated, to fix, what all, but Paul’s groupies, would call a complete disaster of a justice system in Humboldt County.