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December 2016

Ana Reepen Sent to Chowchilla for Felony DUI/Manslaughter

(UPDATE: On December 20, 2016, Ana Reepen was transferred to the California Department of Corrections women's prison at Chowchilla to continue serving her sentence. See the story below for background on this case.)

The People vs. Ana Reepen (case number NF437696): After victim impact statements, attorneys' arguments on aggravating and mitigating factors, and a brief tearful statement by the defendant expressing her remorse, Judge Elizabeth Hill this morning sentenced Ana Reepen to six years in state prison, the mid-range of possible sentences. Reepen, appearing in County Jail-issued orange jumpsuit with wrists and feet shackled, will receive credit for one month served. She also was ordered to pay several thousand dollars in court fines and forfeits her driver's license. For the charges Reepen was convicted of, California law specifies either probation or state prison. Judge Hill deemed the facts warranted prison time. California law then specifies four years incarceration for mitigating circumstances, 10 years for aggravating circumstances, and six years for mid-range. Those were Judge Hill's only options. Main aggravating factors:
-- blood alcohol count of 0.21 percent (more than 2-1/2 times the legal limit)
-- extreme impact of Bruce Bernor's death on family and friends
-- defendant's failure to acknowledge and address her alcohol problem

Reepen faced three felony charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, resulting from the Highway 1 head-on collision that killed Pacifican Bruce Ross Bernor. Reepen had pleaded not guilty and remained free on $250,000 bail, but upon conviction, bail was doubled to $500,000 and she was taken into custody. The jury found her guilty on July 27. The two counts of felony DUI related to Reepen having a blood alcohol level of more than 0.15 and inflicting great bodily injury or death in the commission of the offense. Turning the wrong way from Sea Bowl Lane, she drove southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 1 on July 25, 2015. Her car and Bernor's car collided there. (Follow this thread at the Comments link below. Join the conversation if you have constructive comments to add. Our thanks to Alan Wald for carefully following this court case and reporting on it for Riptide.)


Guilty Verdict

Prison Sentence