Fresno County man with 8th DUI injured a child. His attorney asked a judge for leniency

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An eight-time DUI offender with a lengthy criminal record was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday — despite his attorney’s request to a judge for leniency.

Kevin Colmenero, 56, now has 23 criminal convictions for mostly crimes including DUI, drugs, battery, and theft.

His most recent felony charges included inflicting injury on an elder adult, driving under the influence of a drug causing injury and resisting police, said prosecutor Christopher J. Moss.

In the 2018 DUI case, Colmenero was under the influence of PCP when he caused a four-car crash at Cedar and Church avenues on April 4, 2018.

Colmenero was driving full speed at about 12:30 p.m. when he slammed into cars stopped at a red light.

He crashed so hard into the back of a Chevrolet Tahoe that a 2-year-old passenger, who was properly restrained in a car seat, was forced into the seat in front of her, suffering multiple facial and skull fractures, said Deputy District Attorney Steven Ueltzen. The child has since recovered.

That was Colmenero’s second felony DUI conviction involving injury, Ueltzen said.

Colmenero’s attorney Robert Lamanuzzi, urged Judge James Kelley to give his client a break and only sentence him to six years.

Lamanuzzi said Colmenero’s father is elderly and wants to see his son again before it’s too late. Although the two have had a strained relationship, Lamanuzzi said the father and son have been having talking since he has been in jail.

Colmenero’s father acknowledges that his son’s problems stem from his addiction to alcohol and drugs. Lamanuzzi requested he receive drug and alcohol treatment in prison. The judge agreed.

“My client was not in his right mind, he was extremely high and unfortunately people got hurt because of it,” Lamanuzzi said. “ He is very remorseful”

Kelley was sympathetic to Colmenero’s situation. But he was also frustrated with the lost opportunities to make positive changes in his life.

“Everyone wants treatment when they are facing a prison commitment,” Kelley said. “I hope you are sincerely ready to make the changes you need to make, otherwise you are going to live out the rest of your days in prison.”

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