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The People v. Juan De Dios Alvarez

July 18, 2012

THE PEOPLE, PLAINTIFF AND RESPONDENT,
v.
JUAN DE DIOS ALVAREZ, DEFENDANT AND APPELLANT.



(Super. Ct. No. CRF113666)

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Mauro , J.

P. v. Alvarez

CA3

NOT TO BE PUBLISHED

California Rules of Court, rule 8.1115(a), prohibits courts and parties from citing or relying on opinions not certified for publication or ordered published, except as specified by rule 8.1115(b). This opinion has not been certified for publication or ordered published for purposes of rule 8.1115.

Appointed counsel for defendant Juan de Dios Alvarez asked this court to review the record to determine whether there are any arguable issues on appeal. (People v. Wende (1979) 25 Cal.3d 436 (Wende).) Finding no arguable error that would result in a disposition more favorable to defendant, we will affirm the judgment.

I

Because the matter was resolved by plea, our statement of facts is taken from the probation officer's report. The victim, a commercial truck driver, was approaching his maximum allowed hours for driving and pulled his truck to the side of a Woodland road. He parked next to a truck occupied by defendant, who was also a commercial driver.

Early the next morning, the sound of defendant's engine woke the victim. Defendant realized there was insufficient room to leave his parking space by driving forward, drove in reverse and collided with the passenger side of the victim's truck. After trying and failing to drive forward, defendant called the victim a derogatory name and yelled at him to move his truck. The victim tried to explain that he could not move his truck until it had compressed sufficient air to release his emergency brake.

Defendant again collided with the victim's truck and successfully left his parking space. When the victim got out of his truck to inspect the damage, defendant struck the victim's right eye with a closed fist. The victim fell to the ground and lost consciousness.

When the victim regained consciousness, defendant was kicking him repeatedly in the chest, legs, and back. The victim's pain was so extreme he was unable to defend himself. The assault continued until the victim crawled beneath his truck trailer.

Defendant drove away but made a U-turn and appeared to be aiming his truck at the victim, who again sought shelter beneath the trailer. When defendant again left the scene, the victim walked to a gas station and called police.

Defendant pleaded no contest to battery with serious bodily injury. (Pen. Code, § 243, subd. (d).)*fn1 He entered the plea with the understanding that he would receive no prison time at the outset. In exchange for the plea, additional counts were dismissed with a Harvey*fn2 waiver for restitution.

After reviewing the probation report, however, the trial court rejected the plea agreement, indicating that a prison term seemed appropriate under the circumstances of the case. The People offered defendant the low base term in ...


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