SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, Calif. — The former vice mayor of Stockton has been sentenced to two days in jail after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for a 2018 crash that killed an 82-year-old man.
The San Joaquin District Attorney's Office said Victor Mow took a plea deal in the case on September 20. In addition to jail time, he also received 250 hours of community service and three years of informal probation for the November 28, 2018 death of Mohammad Butt, who was walking across the intersection of Country Club Boulevard and Delano Avenue when he was struck.
In a letter to the judge, Butt's family called extended jail time "unnecessary," said they "would prefer that Mr. Mow be required to do community service and speak out against the dangers of drinking and driving."
According to prosecutors, Mow had a 0.10% blood alcohol after the deadly crash -- above the legal limit of 0.08%
During his sentencing, the judge noted that Mow's blood alcohol level was "relatively low" and cited his "impeccable record of service to his community."
In addition, the judge also pointed out that police investigators found Butt at fault for the collision, saying that he was crossing the street outside the crosswalk and wearing dark clothing.
Butt's family said in a statement that "the act of forgiving Mr. Mow in no way changes the past, but it does change their shared future."
"Mr. Mow and Mr. Butt had more in common with each other than they had differences," the statement reads. "They both have lived good lives, and both have spent a considerable amount of their time helping others."
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