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Venice Boardwalk driver sentenced to 42 years to life in state prison

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Driver who killed newlywed on boardwalk gets stiff sentence.

LOS ANGELES – A driver who killed an Italian honeymooner and injured 17 pedestrians on a crowded Venice Beach boardwalk has been sentenced to 42 years to life in prison. Nathan Campbell’s sentence Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court came after a judge said his apology fell short of taking responsibility for his crimes.

In June, Nathan Louis Campbell was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Alice Gruppioni, an Italian tourist visiting California with her husband on their honeymoon. In the audience, one of the victims, Judy Fox, shook her head and closed her eyes at his comments. “There are no words that could ever accurately express how truly sorry I am for what happened that day,” he said, adding he hopes that the families of the victim “will find some small measure of peace in their lives.” Deputy Dist. She wrote that she has been unable to push out the memory of Gruppioni sprawled on the concrete, her lifeless body bathed in her own blood and her husband screaming and crying helplessly. He ruined my life.” Upset after a botched effort to buy drugs, Campbell got into his Dodge Avenger and decided to jump a curb, maneuver past barriers meant to block vehicle access and plow through the packed boardwalk, the prosecutor argued. Among them were Nancy Martinez and Jose Guiterrez, who were on a date on the boardwalk when Campbell came barreling down the walkway before striking them from behind.

The Gruppioni family filed a lawsuit last year against the city and county, alleging that officials failed to provide adequate protection for pedestrians on the busy walkway.

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