VISTA (CNS) - An Encinitas man who ran over and killed his older brother on a sidewalk in Cardiff was sentenced Monday to 12 years in state prison.
Camilo Ruiz Perez, 38, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death last Sept. 2 of his 44-year-old sibling, Joaquin Ruiz Perez, who was dragged underneath the defendant's pickup truck.
Deputy District Attorney Tracy Prior said the defendant got into an argument with his older sibling at a friend's home over having someone cover a job in Mexico and were about to get into a fistfight when a third person intervened.
The prosecutor said Joaquin Perez left to walk home, and the defendant got in his truck and drove alongside him.
"Ultimately, the defendant, angry with his brother over the earlier argument, drove up on the sidewalk and ran over his brother, went into reverse and dragged him 15 feet, taking off part of his scalp," Prior said last year.
She said the defendant fled but later called 911 to report the collision.
Camilo Perez then returned on foot to the scene at Windsor Road and Villa Cardiff Drive and told authorities that he didn't know the mortally injured man, Prior said.
His family believed Joaquin Perez went missing and had a family meeting, which the defendant attended, according to Prior. She said a firefighter who had been at the accident scene recognized the defendant.
Camilo Perez told investigators that he had intended to scare his brother, the prosecutor said. She said the defendant's pickup was found, and had damage consistent with running over someone.
Chula Vista Police on Sunday were trying to determine how a man's body ended up in the middle of the street. Someone first spotted him early in the morning in the westbound lanes of Buena Vista Way near Rancho Del Rey Parkway.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic elected officials toured a San Diego-area immigration-detention facility housing migrant children Monday, as the rhetoric over the policy of separating children from parents crossing the border illegally continued to escalate.
Have you ever had one of those days at work, when you just feel like you're flying high? In Monday's Zevely Zone, Jeff's at SeaWorld San Diego to meet the man who lights up the night in the theme park's Cirque Electrique.
There is a new kid in town. Millie the goat arrived at the Helen Woodward Woodward Animal Center on Monday.
A 21-year-old woman was found dead in her bedroom Saturday night and San Diego Police suspect foul play. The victim has been identified as 21 year-old Jossie Marilyn Ruiz Lopez, of San Diego. Her death is believed to be a homicide.
An immigrant who once bundled ink-fresh newspapers at a newspaper printing press took control of the San Diego Union-Tribune Sunday, and promised in a letter to readers to fight fake news as if it were cancer.
With the first day of summer just a couple of days away, it's time to start thinking about what you'll pack in your beach bag and what you'll hang in your closet.
Growing up in Anaheim, Joanna Czikalla, draws on her childhood to create beautiful works of art at Creme and Sugar. She first opened her shop in Anaheim and has since expanded her businesses, including her newest location in Del Mar.
This weekend some lucky Marines and their families were treated to a special screening of "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" at MCAS Miramar. Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro were at the screening and so was Kelli Gillespie who talked to News 8 about the film and the actors' visit.