by Tressa Bryant
Michael Reyes, Liberty Landowski and Lisa Humble faced their sentences, after a Yolo County jury last month found the three co-defendants guilty for their differing participation in attempted murder, with Mr. Reyes facing life for attempted murder.
Due to the seriousness of Mr. Reyes’s charges, the court is taking another few days to decide on his sentencing. That decision will be announced on Wednesday.
Mr. Rod Beede was hoping to get Ms. Humble’s sentencing down to probation. He stated that she was overwhelmed with the situation. Mr. Beede also told the court that it was possible that Ms. Humble was being beaten and was under the influence of methamphetamine near the day or days leading up to the crime. Mr. Beede also mentioned that because Ms. Humble has a son she should be given a single chance, of probation. Mr. Beede believed Ms. Humble is a good candidate for probation by stating, “This is not a women who has dedicated herself to crime.” He added that she has been respectful in prison and that people can change.
Mrs. Zambor strongly disagreed with Mr. Beede by reminding the court it was Ms. Humble who hid the car and made sure her family was continuing to hide the car. Mrs. Zambor also pointed out that, during the trial, Humble was laughing and joking with her fellow defendants, as well as being disrespectful to some of the guards on duty. Ms. Humble did not show a lot of remorse for her actions. Mrs. Zambor also reminded the court that Ms. Humble had a juvenile record and it was not her first time in trouble with the law.
The judge also picked up on the defendant’s behavior and said, “Sitting around swimming pool attitude.” He noted that none of the defendants seemed concerned that they were facing severe charges. The defendants also seemed more concerned about keeping the car hidden during the trial than about the accusations they faced.
The maximum years Ms. Humble could have served was five, but the court decided on three years and four months in prison.
Mr. J. Tony was able to bring Ms. Landowski’s charges down drastically by reminding the court that Ms. Landowski had only known Mr. Reyes for two days. Ms. Landowski had only been in trouble one other time, for a schoolyard fight. Mr. Tony also pointed out that Ms. Landowski had been very careful with her behavior during the whole process and was in general a shy person and has been changed by what has happened to her.
Ms. Zambor in turn reminded the court that Ms. Landowski had been the one to drive the Mustang. Ms. Zambor stated that Ms. Landowski was still writing love letters to Mr. Reyes and sending him pictures.
The judge then agreed that she had helped hide the Mustang but was very scared during the trial. The court agreed to give Ms. Landowski a suspended midterm sentence to show Ms. Landowski the seriousness of the crime. Ms. Landowski currently has served 529 days, and on probation is not allowed to have any alcohol or drugs and must go to a treatment program. Ms. Landowski is serving three years probation and is not allowed to have contact with any of the victims or defendants so she can try to straighten out her life.