Defendant Mendoza pleads guilty to Manslaughter and Hit & Run from Fatal Accident

No Sentencing Deals for Defendant; Judge may sentence up to state maximum (20 years) on the pleas

Warrenton, VA July 29, 2013 Diego Mendoza, an unlicensed driver, pled guilty today to the December 23, 2012 crash that claimed the life of Stafford County resident Douglas Rabren. Mr. Rabren’s wife Deborah was also injured in the crash but she survived after being airlifted from the scene and transported to a hospital by helicopter.

Mendoza accepted a written factual proffer which is on record at the Fauquier Circuit Court that describes the incident. Mendoza walked away from the scene of the accident but left his DNA behind on the airbag that deployed in the 1999 Ford F150 pickup truck that he had been driving. Sentencing has been scheduled for October 21, 2013 at 8:30 am.

“I am grateful for the work of State Police officials who pieced this case together,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Fisher. “Their quick and thorough action put us in a good position to convict the defendant,” he concluded.  “Also, I commend the work of the Special Investigative Grand Jury which helped us pin down reluctant associates of the defendant who otherwise were not likely to cooperate honestly with the prosecution,” he concluded.  The grand jury has since been discharged.

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