Schwarzenegger Reduces Sentence for Son of Former Speaker

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    Esteban Nunez was charged with murder and other counts stemming from the Oct. 4, 2008, stabbing death of Luis Santos, 22.

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has commuted the manslaughter sentence of Esteban Nunez, the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.

    Saying that he thought the 16-year prison sentence Esteban Nunez was serving was "excessive" the governor reduced his sentence from 16 years to 7 years.

    The move comes just hours before Schwarzenegger leaves office.

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    Esteban Nunez received the maximum sentence today for his role in the death of a local college student.

    Nunez pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon for his role in a fight that killed a 22-year-old man near San Diego State University in 2008.

    Prosecutors say Nunez and friends went looking for a fight after they were refused entry to a fraternity party.

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    According to testimony, the son of former state assembly speaker Fabian Nunez, admitted using a knife during a fatal brawl.