People v. Lanie Tyrone Richardson
updated: Sep 12, 2013, 4:24 PM
Source: SB County District Attorney's Office
District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Lanie Tyrone Richardson, age 29, pled to
committing gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, a felony violation of Penal Code section
191.5(a). Richardson also admitted to personally inflicting great bodily injury to a second victim and to
having a prior felony conviction. Additionally, Richardson pled to misdemeanor driving on a suspended
license as a result of a prior DUI conviction.
The defendant will be sentenced to 14 years in state prison on January 9, 2014, in Department 11, the
Honorable Jean Dandona presiding.
A count of second degree murder was dismissed. Although Richardson's sentence would have been
longer if convicted of this charge (15-life), both the victims and the investigating law enforcement
officers felt under these tragic circumstances this agreement was in the best interest of justice.
Deputy District Attorney Von Nguyen stated, "This case demonstrates the significant consequences that
can result for those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs." District Attorney
Dudley added, "The legal responsibility for engaging in risky or reckless driving always falls on the
driver. This case serves as a devastating reminder of the dangers of driving under the influence of
alcohol and/or drugs, especially how alcohol or drugs critically distorts someone's judgment."
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