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Sentencing Hearing 1 June

posted May 17, 2016, 8:58 AM by Jessica Wood - President   [ updated May 17, 2016, 8:59 AM ]
Many of you are aware of the sentencing hearing for Bret Landen happening on June 1st at 8:30am. During the sentencing hearing named victims may speak to express to the judge how the crime affected them personally. Since parents are not named victims in the case, we may not actually speak at the hearing. I've been in contact with the Victim Coordinator of the DA. As an unnamed victim, we can send statements to the Judge. Here are the guidelines the Victim Coordinator gave me:

Send letters to:
San Luis Obispo County Probation Department 
Attn: Diana Hannah 
1730 Bishop St. 
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Letters should be addressed to Honorable Judge Jacqueline Duffy.

Here are additional guidelines:

Impact Statement Tips
a. Keep the statement to one page or less if possible.
b. Direct your comments to the judge (court) rather than to the defendant.
c. This is YOUR opportunity to tell the court, and the defendant, how the crime impacted your life and the lives of your family members in your own words. Simple, direct statements are usually most effective.
d. Information to include in your letter:

Your Name
Defendant’s Name: Bret Landen
DA Case #: 079-588314 Court Case#: 15F-11592

The following topics are suggested areas to address in your impact statement.
1) How has this crime affected you and those close to you? You may wish to discuss your feelings about what has happened and how it has affected your general well being. Has this crime affected your relationship with any family members, friends, co-workers, and other people?

2) What physical injuries or symptoms have you or others close to you suffered as a result of this crime? You may want to write about how long the injuries lasted, or how long they are expected to last, and if you sought medical treatment for these injuries. You may also want to discuss any changes you have made in your life as a result of these injuries.

3) Has this crime affected your ability to perform your work, make a living, run a household, go to school or enjoy any other activities you previously performed or enjoyed? If so, please explain how these activities have been affected by this crime.

Jessica Wood - President,
May 17, 2016, 8:58 AM