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Thursday, 24 April 2008 01:22

Stockton Supervisor Faces Jail Time

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slide18.pngThe Stockton City Supervisor who was involved in a fatal vehicle accident on Highway 88 late last year may serve up to four months in prison. Dino Leonardi, the community and cultural services superintendent for Stockton Parks and Recreation, pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter before the Amador Courts. On top of 120 days in jail, Leonardi agreed to three years of formal probation and restitution to be set by the court.

According to the Stockton Record, Leonardi allegedly caused a fatal two-vehicle accident by cutting in front of another vehicle and causing a driver to lose control. The out of control car caused Ruby Alston, 74, of Stockton to lose control of her vehicle and die in the resulting crash.  The case was made all the more bizarre because the occupants of the vehicle that Leonardi cut-off were coincidently involved in local politics. Mark Stebbins, a Stockton councilman in the 1980s, recently declared candidacy for the District 6 council seat. Jennet Stebbins is challenging Davis Assemblywoman Lois Wolk for the Democratic nomination for the 5th Senate District seat. The Stebbinses and Alston were on their way to a Jackson-area casino May 8. Leonardi, who lives in Sutter Creek, was commuting home.

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