Ryan Petetit trial for 7 year old charges delayed, again

May 4, 2019

Ryan Petetit

By KAREN VELIE

For the third time this year, developer Ryan Petetit’s sentencing for a 2015 violent assault and a trial setting conference regarding a drunk in public and resisting arrest case from 2012 were delayed, this time until June 27.

Timeline of Petetit’s criminal history:

In August 2012, Petetit and his then girlfriend Michelle Jewsbury were socializing with friends in Santa Barbara when Petetit became angry, dragged Jewsbury from a bar and forced her into a taxi, according to Jewsbury. Back at their hotel room, Petetit placed both of his hands on her neck, pushed Jewsbury up against a wall and began to choke her, she said.

Responding to her screams, officers arrived, arrested Petetit, and booked him into the Santa Barbara County Jail. Jewsbury, however, refused to testify and the charges were dropped.

On Oct. 13, 2012, Petetit spent the evening drinking at the Spyglass Inn in Pismo Beach. Outside the bar, Petetit had an altercation with an officer that resulted in Petetit on the ground with scratches on his face. The officer booked Petetit into the San Luis Obispo County Jail for resisting arrest and public intoxication.

On Jan. 1, 2013, Petetit, Jewsbury and a group of friends were celebrating at the Cliff’s Resort in Pismo Beach when Petetit threw a drink in Jewsbury’s face because he thought she was flirting with another man, according to several witnesses to the event who have asked to remain anonymous out of concern for their safety.

Outside the club, Petetit grabbed Jewsbury by the throat, and slammed her head into a concrete bench. Petetit then grabbed her head and smashed it several more times into the concrete, the witness said.

“I thought he had killed her,” the witness said.

Michelle Jewsbury with a black eye after an encounter with Ryan Petetit

Pismo Beach police arrested Petetit for a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury and booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail. However, that charge, too, was eventually dropped.

In 2014, two years after Petetit first got in a tiff with officers outside the bar at the Spyglass Inn in Pismo Beach, Petetit’s first trial setting conference was scheduled. And five years later, a hearing to set a date for trial is still being continued.

On Aug. 28, 2014, Petetit was arrested for and charged with two misdemeanor counts for writing bad checks. The charges were dismissed after Petetit agreed to enter the San Luis Obispo County bad check program, according to court records.

On Nov. 22, 2015, a verbal argument ensued between Petetit and a girlfriend, who has asked not to be named, at a home they shared in Arroyo Grande.

During the argument, Petetit grabbed the victim by the throat and began choking her. He then dragged her to her feet and shoved her head through a bathroom window, shattering the glass.

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

Arroyo Grande police officers arrested Petetit a few days later.

On Nov. 13, 2018, Petetit pleaded guilty to assault with great bodily injury, false imprisonment with force, dissuading a witness and two charges of inflicting corporal injury on a cohabitant. He was scheduled for sentencing in Jan.

On Jan. 17, San Luis Obispo County Judge Barry LaBarbera agreed to a three month delay in his sentencing so Petetit could legally change his name to Ryan Joseph Wright. At that time, the trial setting conference for his 2012 arrest was also delayed.

On April 24, Petetit’s attorney Patrick Fisher asked to speak to Judge Dodie Harman in chambers to discuss another extension, until after a June hearing in Los Angeles over an objection to Petetit’s requested name change. However, because the assistant district attorney assigned to the case, Kristy Imel, was not at the hearing, Harman declined the meeting and set a sentencing hearing for May 2.

On May, 2, Harman continued the sentencing hearing until late June to allow the SLO County Probation Department to produce another sentencing report, this one to include a mental health evaluation.

On June 27, Petetit is scheduled for sentencing for the assault conviction, and also for a trial setting conference for the 2012 drunk in public and obstruction arrest.


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ajdury

All these comments, yet no one talks about the victim(s):


During the argument, Petetit grabbed the victim by the throat and began choking her. He then dragged her to her feet and shoved her head through a bathroom window, shattering the glass.


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


Insult to injury, it’s been seven years of kicking the ‘violence against a woman’ can down the legal road. And folks still wonder why a woman often does not report violence/rape she endures.


She’s victimized all over again in the legal system and completely marginalized/minimized/made invisible by folks like the commenters here.


Thank God she didn’t report it to former Paso PD officer Christopher McGuire, who would have raped her again, as he enjoys doing.


We need more than hashtags, marches and knit pink hats. We need justice but that’s not happening any time soon, clearly.


Erik T

Team Adam Hill is a bunch of real winners, huh? James Wagstaffe, Adam Hill’s cartel lawyer who committed fraud on the court to sue CCN is now working for Adam Hill’s buddy and drug lord Helios Dayspring. This whole posse needs to go to prison.


Wildrnes

Jaime Osuna at Corcoron is very excited to have Petetit as his new bunkmate.


Mjd

Folks,


Justice delayed is justice denied.


Judge Barry LaBarbera and Judge Dodie Harman ought to be ashamed of themselves, and this clear manipulation of the justice system would only be available to those linked to Adam Hill and the SLO Progressives.


Sad.


Erik T

I saw testimony in High Def video that LaBarbera is corrupt and eats dinner with Adam Hill weekly. He fixed the Tenborg vs CCN trial and now is protecting Petetit or whatever his name is for Hill. Copy that, FBI?


shishkabob141
ajdury

“KID”??? Do you mean “full grown man who beat AT LEAST two different women that we know of”?


Kid??? Who are you kidding, with that label?


AmericaTheFree

His attorney, Patrick Fisher, is doin’ exactly what he’s paid to do, draw out the inventible for as long as he possibly can…

Keeping his client out of jail also benefits Mr. Fisher, as he can bill for more billable hours, making him tons of money.

It’s the American Justice System at it’s money based and driven best!


Mike

America has a legal system not a justice system. There is, too often ,very little justice.


ratherbefishing

This guy is pure teflon. He is being protected from high places, likely he has some serious dirt on some prominent people. The DA (Dow? hahaha) should dig very deep into Petetit


kayaknut

Unless of course it is DA Dow that is protecting him.


nazbol gang

They trying to run the clock out on this one because he’s rich?


obispan

No, he was trying to get rich with Adam Hill backing his developments. They are running out the clock because he was paying Hill as a “consultant”. If he faces jail time he sings like a canary and Hill is screwed.