Rogelio Alvarez was sentenced on Monday morning to three years in prison for hitting and killing Clovis educator Gavin Gladding. The maximum sentence the 18-year old could have received was four years.
Susan Gladding, Gavin’s widow, addressed the court, “On the morning of September 16th, I lost my rock, my biggest supporter, my best friend, and my partner in life… Our children are so young and they are going to miss out on an amazing dad, all of the moments, big and small, that he should have been a part of.”
Susan and the rest of the Gladding Family pled with Fresno County Superior Court Judge James A. Kelley to send Alvarez to prison for the maximum time of four years. Alvarez hit and killed Gladding around 6am on Saturday, September 16, while the father of two was out jogging on Friant Road. Alvarez left the scene, and turned himself into law enforcement authorities five days after the crash. The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office said Alvarez may have been drinking before the crash.
“The acts of the defendant [Alvarez] from the moment that he decided to drive away, were entirely self serving,” said Susan.
The Gladding Family said Alvarez has shown no remorse, but his family pastor said the teen has.
Father Jerry Amerando is the assistant pastor at Saint Jude Catholic Church in Easton. He said, “Your Honor, I ask you to take into consideration his entire life and not simply this terrible times in the dark on that road.”
For the sentence, Judge Kelley said he took into consideration mitigating factors, like the fact that Alvarez is young and does not have a prior criminal record.
“The Court will deny probation and post three years in state prison,” stated Judge Kelley.
Alvarez addressed the Gladding Family and said he was sorry, and said he prays for Gavin and the entire family every day.
But Susan said there is no closure to Gavin’s tragic and untimely death.
She concluded, “The defendant’s actions on September 16th, and on the days that followed, are extremely disturbing, and his complete disregard for human life is appalling.”
It is possible that Alvarez could spend less than three years in prison. According to the district attorney’s office, the teen is eligible to get credit for good behavior while in prison, and could get out earlier.