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Sentence- Continued from Page 1 not enough. "Mr. Plymire is sorry he is standing in court, but all defendants defendants are sorry when they are standing in court for sentencing," Cox said. "Mr. Plymire did flee the scene when it was obvious he had committed committed the crime," Cox said. Nicholas, who was attending court with his parents wearing a brace on his injured left foot and ankle, fidgeted and colored paper with his crayons throughout most of the hour-long sentencing proceeding. It was the first time Nicholas, now a first-grader at St. Mary's School, attended any of Plymire's appearances since the accident. His parents, Mario and Kristen Scaturro, Scaturro, have attended each of Plymire's Plymire's proceedings since the accident. Plymire injured Nicholas last May 3 when he rammed Nicholas' parents' van twice with his Cadillac Cadillac Coupe de Ville in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot, pinning the boy underneath a wheel of the van. Plymire fled the scene of the accident and was arrested by Ukiah police after witnesses followed him to a North State Street restaurant restaurant — nearly three miles from the scene of the accident. Ten men who had witnessed the accident joined forces and lifted the van off Nicholas and pulled him from underneath. According to police reports, Plymire Plymire was later tested with a blood- alcohol level of .13. A blood- alcohol level of .08 or higher is considered legally drunk in California. The accident and Nicholas* subsequent subsequent surgery at the Ralph K. Davies Medical Center in San Francisco caused an outpouring of generosity from the Ukiah community. As part of the terms of his probation, Cox said Plymire is prohibited from driving, drinking alcohol or even setting foot into a bar and must attend three Alcohol- ics Anonymous meetings a week. "You should not drive an automobile. automobile. You didn't have a license (at the time of the accident) and you won't have a license," Cox said. Mario Scaturro said he was relieved after Cox completed the sentencing. "It's been on my mind constantly," constantly," he said. The family had to close its Redwood Valley restaurant restaurant for a short time when Nicholas was undergoing surgery in May. "Prison or jail — it's the same thing," Mario later added. "Maybe being out here he (Plymire) can watch Nicholas' progress." Plymire's attorney, Duncan James, argued for leniency and asked for the probation term. "He's shown incredible amounts of remorse, even though police reports show he showed no remorse," remorse," James told the judge. But District Attorney Susan Massini disputed James' argument and asked for a two-year state prison sentence, saying Plymire was an unrecognized alcoholic and that Nicholas and his family had suffered emotional trauma since the accident. She said Plymire had to have had at least seven drinks the afternoon of the accident. "It was not just a single action, but he (Plymire) pulled forward and rammed the vehicle a second time," Massini told the judge. Massini also told Cox that Nicholas Nicholas had at first asked a man who had arrived at the accident scene to help free Nicholas from underneath underneath the van, "Why did my mommy run over me?" "Mr. Plymire claims he does not even know he did ihis," Massini said. "People were screaming at him, hanging on his bumper trying to get him to stop. Not only didn't he stop, he rammed another vehicle. vehicle. He made an evasive action." James later said he was satisfied with the terms of Plymire's probation. "I don't think anyone can appreciate appreciate how emotionally distraught he (Plymire) has been throughout this whole thing," James said.

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  1. Ukiah Daily Journal,
  2. 06 Oct 1991, Sun,
  3. Page 22

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