Parole for man convicted of vehicular homicide

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Friday, August 31, 2012

A 39-year-old man, who was sentenced to seven years in prison after an October 2009 plea agreement, is being released on parole. The convicted man, a former attorney in Santa Fe, New Mexico, pleaded no contest to vehicular homicide in October 2009 after he reportedly struck a pedestrian nearly a year prior. The pedestrian accident occurred in November 2008, when the suspect was under the influence of alcohol.

His vehicle struck a 46-year-old father who was crossing Guadalupe Street. According to authorities, the attorney fled the scene of the accident and was arrested after he was stopped on a street in the downtown area.

The man had been incarcerated in the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility for three years when he applied for parole in May. The former attorney had been participating in the prison's good-time credit program, accumulating the points by taking courses such as a culinary arts program, a moral recognition treatment course and a cable technician class.

The three years in prison were in addition to the 299 days the man spent in jail before his plea agreement was accepted. After his parole application was accepted, special conditions were outlined for the man's future. He will have to participate in Alcoholics Anonymous, victim impact panels and future alcohol-abuse treatment programs. In addition, he will be banned from driving or obtaining a driver's license while on parole, which will last until his sentence expires. He will also have to perform 110 hours of community service.

The family of the victim was not very supportive of the man getting out early. If they are angered by the state's actions in allowing him to walk free, the family could try to punish the man further by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican, "Fierro out on parole, headed to Los Angeles," Nico Roesler, Aug. 22, 2012