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Repeat DUI Offender Sentenced for Gross Vehicular Manslaughter 

DATE:  November 16, 2016

CASE:   Joseph Short (Case #16FE008033)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Kelly Clark, Vertical Vehicular Homicide Unit

The Honorable Geoffrey Goodman sentenced Joseph Short to 15 years to life in prison.  On October 13, 2016, Short pled to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.  Short also admitted to having a high blood alcohol content (BAC) and prior DUI’s from 2010 and 2003.

On April 24, 2016, Short was driving on Highway 50 in an aggressive and dangerous manner.  Short drove upwards of 100 mph and weaved in and out of traffic.  Short tried to pass a vehicle in the slow lane by driving on the highway shoulder.  At that moment, David Condell and his wife were in their cars on the shoulder.  Mr. Condell had just filled his wife’s car with gas.  While Mr. Condell waited for a break in the traffic before driving back on the highway, Short slammed into the rear of Mr. Condell’s car, killing him.  Mr. Condell’s car then crashed into his wife’s car, injuring her.  After the collision, Short drove back on the highway and crashed into another car, causing the other car to rollover.  There were no injuries from that crash.   Short’s BAC was .35 percent. 

Short has a prior 2010 DUI with a BAC of .36 percent.  He also has a prior 2003 DUI from San Diego County.

This case was prosecuted by the Alcohol and Drug Impaired Driver Vertical Prosecution Program.  Funding for the program comes from a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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