We are outraged at the insufficient sentences given to Armando Reza and Erik Fabian, who were both convicted of intentionally attacking a bicyclist with his car in Brookfield in 2009. Reza pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, yet was sentenced to only 10 days in jail, probation and counseling. Fabian also pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and leaving the scene of an accident. He was sentenced to no jail time, just two years of probation.
The penalty for this type of behavior must fit the crime. In this case, it does not. Violent behavior has no place on our roads. This instance should have served as an opportunity to condemn aggression toward bicyclists, which frequently ends in serious injury or death. Instead, it
reinforces the complacency around traffic violence in our communities. We demand that Assistant State's Atty. Mike Pattarozzi explain why these two men were given sentences that in no way fit the crimes
Stay tuned. We will have more action alerts and a letter writing campaign tomorrow.
This will not make anyone feel better, but based on the articles I read, I would guess that Reza was sentenced to jail based on the DUI and his license suspension (minimum mandatory sentence under DUI guidelines), and had nothing to do with the Agg. Batt. charge.
I don't think this guys behavior had anything to do with a love of cars. Car culture goes back over a century and their energy source is constantly in development (albeit unfortunately slower in some areas than others). Don't confuse the love of the automobile and the use of fossil fuels. If and when an energy source is developed that truly is CLEAN and not raping this planet, you bet I'll want it in a well tuned sports car package I can take to the track. Plus wasn't this guy in an SUV? car guys hate suv's unless they're actually fender deep in mud or something (insert pile of cyclists joke here).
anyway, get back to the real issue here: a person attacked another person with a deadly weapon and wasn't sufficiently punished; and cyclists were ignored as legitimate vehicles on the road along with cars.
Your voice was heard! All the letters and phone calls to State's Attorney Anita Alvarez prompted her office to call us and shed some light on the cases involving Armando Reza and Erik Fabian, who were convicted of intentionally running down cyclists.
Her office told us that the prosecutor had requested that the two men have harsher penalties, but ultimately it was Judge Carol Kipperman’s decision to give Reza 10 days in jail with two years of probation and Fabian two years of probation.
We have made plans to meet with the State’s Attorney’s Office and we will continue to update you.
You have made our voice into a roar! The State's Attorney's Office told us they were "bombarded" with letters - your letters! They sent a strong message – we belong on the road and we deserve protection. Thank you!
Again, we will keep you updated on what happens next.
Great effort by the Active Transportation Alliance. I am glad to hear that the state's attorney has agreed to meet with them.
It is, of course, a bit self serving for the prosecutor's office to respond by saying It wasn't us. It was the judge. No doubt Judge Kipperman considered argument on sentencing from the defendants' attorney(s) in coming to her decision. I am curious to know what factors were considered in approving these seemingly light sentences.
And I thought our judges and district attorneys in Wisconsin were lax about prosecuting drunk drivers. We had a case in the Town of Raymond where a cyclist by the name of Nancy Sellars was killed. The drunk driver who killed her is probably doing her time at Taycheedah, near Fond du Lac.