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January 29, 2016: Arcadia Man Enters Plea for Police Pursuit Crash that Killed His Passenger

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A man that led police on a pursuit which resulted in a fatal crash at a Temple City intersection pleaded no contest today to killing his passenger, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Richard John Villareal Jr. (dob 10/25/85) of Arcadia entered a no contest plea to one felony count each of gross vehicular manslaughter and evading an officer.

As a result of the negotiated plea, Villareal was immediately sentenced to 15 years and eight months in state prison.

The defendant led Arcadia Police officers on a high-speed pursuit after they attempted to pull him over for driving a stolen car near Workman and Baldwin avenues on June 2, 2014, prosecutors said. Following the pursuit, Villareal sped through a red light at the intersection of Lower Azusa Road and Arden Drive and was struck by another vehicle.

Michael Sandoval Jr., 38, who was a passenger in the stolen vehicle, died in the crash, prosecutors added.

Case GA093491 was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Tricia Taylor.

The case was investigated by the Arcadia Police Department.