On August 17, 2012, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Elisabeth Krant
sentenced 26-year-old Francisco Javier Luna of Farmersville to seven
years in state prison for gross vehicular manslaughter while
intoxicated. Luna crashed his vehicle into a 42-passenger bus on October
16, 2011, in Porterville. The collision killed one of the passengers in
Luna’s vehicle and injured several of the passengers on the bus, which
was headed to the Eagle Mountain Casino. The defendant had a blood
alcohol level of 0.19, which is more than double the legal limit.
Additionally, the defendant’s blood showed evidence of previous
Luna pled no contest to the charge on May 30, 2012.
Luna was sentenced to seven years in state prison. Because his crime is
a serious felony under the three strikes law, Luna will not be eligible
to serve his prison commitment locally pursuant to the realignment of
prisons. After released from state prison, the defendant will be subject
to three years of parole. The court ordered Luna to pay the deceased
victim’s family $1,967.98 in restitution for her funeral expenses.
Additionally, the defendant must pay a $1,400 restitution fine. The
court also suspended the defendant’s license for his lifetime. He will
never be able to legally drive a motor vehicle again.
This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Bethany Willcutt
and was investigated by Officer Painter and Officer Calloway of the
Porterville Police Department.
Media inquiries can be
directed to the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant
Shani D. Jenkins (559) 636-5494.