Arroyo Grande man’s sentencing delayed, changing his name

January 21, 2019

Ryan Petetit


As an Arroyo Grande man awaits sentencing for the violent assault of his girlfriend, he is working to leave his past and his name behind. [Cal Coast Times]

At a sentencing hearing on Jan. 17, San Luis Obispo County Judge Barry LaBarbera agreed to a three months delay in the sentencing of Ryan Petetit, so that the Arroyo Grande man can legally change his name. In Nov. 2018, Petetit plead guilty to assault with great bodily injury, false imprisonment with force, dissuading a witness and two charges of inflicting corporal injury on a cohabitant.

In addition to allegations Petetit has physically abused at least three former girlfriends, Petetit is also the defendant in multiple lawsuits for alleged real estate fraud.

About a year ago, Petetit changed his Facebook name from Ryan Petetit to Ryan J Wright.

On Nov. 22, 2015, Petetit and his girlfriend arrived at a home they shared in Arroyo Grande and began arguing.

The disagreement escalated with Petetit grabbing the victim by the throat and choking her. He then dragged her to her feet and shoved her head through a bathroom window, shattering the glass, she said.

She tried to escape, but Petetit took her phone and pushed her into a closet, refusing to release her, she said. While she fought to free herself, Petetit slammed her head into the tile floor, knocking her unconscious.

After she regained consciousness, the victim fled to a family member’s home, who took her to a hospital. Officers arrested Petetit a few days later.

Petetit ultimately pleaded guilty to five felony counts regarding the domestic violence incident.

He is scheduled for sentencing on April 25.

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All parties retain rights to object to your name change, regardless of a felony conviction or not. Anyone opposed to your legal name change can file a written objection or appear at the hearing to argue against you. If an objection is filed, you must provide a response. The judge will hear all objections, then ask you the reason(s) for your name change request.


Why would any judge allow this punk to change his name, to obviously hide from his criminal behavior, if it wasn’t something like the ‘good ol’ boy’ network?


If my memory serves me right changing your name during a criminal charge of kidnapping (i.e. restraining someone’s free movement) is not allowed under various laws that came about due to the Charles Lindbergh kidnapping. Well, maybe he is changing his name are part of his phased change to Caitlyn Petetit. So the title for the next article can be a autobiography “I am Catilyn Petitit” former womanizer and abuser of women and now I am one.

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Hey Tribune! Paid to not touch this one too? Thank you CCN!


He can’t continue the process of his name changed while serving his sentence????? I hope the judge at least confiscated his passport(s) in all the names he uses.


Obviously, Judge Barry LaBarbera is protecting this felon whether it is because of Adam Hill, or his unconcerned about espousal abuse which is not acceptable, or perhaps of a personal connection or investment with this person and one of his any corrupt companies. This case has gone on for how many years now, allowing for Ryan Petetit to get his personal and business affairs in order. As for a name change, he will have plenty of time to do this while in jail and this is another reason why people are so disgusted with out legal and judicial anymore. Crimes don’t matter, drugs don’t matter and victims no longer matter. This movement to protect the criminal is a disgrace to the Law and Order which has made this society the best in the world. Shame on you Judge!


Two wrongs do not make a Wright.


Here is a judge who is willing to do anything for Adam Hill. Dark and dangerous.


This guy will get what’s coming to him sooner or later.


Im no attorney so help me out here. What will changing his name do for him? Is this a way to legally skirt around charges?


It will protect him from internet searches and in some cases basic background checks.