FROM:
Amy Cornell, Public Information Officer   CONTACT PERSON:
David Tomkins, Assistant District Attorney
(408) 792-2792   For release on October 25, 2007   SANTA CLARA COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS TO LIFE  UNDER “THREE STRIKES” LAW   A Santa Clara County judge sentenced 49-year old Stanley Barrymore Newton to 25 years to life on Monday under California’s “Three Strikes” law. Newton’s current felony case occurred on July 8, 2006, after he tried to evade a police officer while driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.20, which is more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. Newton caught the officer’s attention after driving over the solid yellow lines on Lincoln Avenue at Lonus in San Jose. Newton failed to yield to the officer’s lights and siren and ran two red lights to try and escape from the officer. The chase continued onto Highway 280 and was eventually terminated due to public safety concerns after Newton’s car reached speeds of 120 miles per hour. A few minutes later, the officer caught up with Newton on a side street and noted that his car had suffered major recent damage, including a cracked windshield and a shattered rear window. Newton pled guilty to felony reckless driving while evading a peace officer and driving under the influence of alcohol on March 27, 2007.   Newton’s first two strikes were the result of a 1988 alcohol-involved crash in which Newton’s front seat passenger, Richard Frable, was killed. Newton and his two back seat passengers suffered head injuries. Newton crashed into a light pole after he had been driving at a high rate of speed on Capitol Expressway with a suspended license from a previous driving under the influence of alcohol conviction. His blood alcohol level from this incident was 0.12. Newton was convicted of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injury to multiple victims, as well as a misdemeanor of driving with a suspended license. In this case, Newton was sentenced to three years probation and one year in county jail. After violating his probation for not attending mandatory alcohol awareness classes along with other violations, he was sentenced to three years in prison.   ###

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