Family opposes probation for man responsible in DUI death

A repeat offender serving a prison sentence for causing the death of a woman in a drunk-driving crash is up for possible early release on parole.

 

Jose Fuentes-Sanchez has a tentative parole date of February 2018, according to the Board of Pardons and Paroles. The news has returned all the pain and sorrow as if 45-year-old Robin Berry had just died again, her brother David Barrentine wrote to the board in opposition to Fuentes-Sanchez’ early release.

Berry was killed in the early morning hours of June, 9, 2007, when Fuentes-Sanchez plowed into her vehicle as she sat at the light at Richmond Hill and Deans Bridge roads. Fuentes-Sanchez’ blood alcohol level was .202. He had three prior DUI convictions.

Berry had driven to Augusta from her home in Cochran to meet her daughter-in-law and sick granddaughter at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia at Augusta University.

Fuentes-Sanchez pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to vehicular homicide, DUI and driving after being declared a habitual violator. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Dec. 19, 2007.

“Jose Fuentes-Sanchez maliciously killed my sister. Her death was senseless and her death was a preventable murder,” Barrentine wrote to each parole board member. “Life is all about choices…decisions. Robin’s decision to be with her ill granddaughter on June 9, 2007 should not have been a life or death choice she made. Jose Fuentes-Sanchez made the decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle, intoxicated (.202) and unable to function, and it was his decision to do so that murdered by sister.

“My plea to you is to not let Robin, her family and friends be victimized by the judicial system.”

Anyone may write to the parole board to express an opinion about an inmate’s possible early release on parole. Write to: Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.E., Balcony Level, East Tower, Atlanta, Ga 30334-4909

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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