White loses jail time appeal

Ex-councilman wants to serve his sentence at home

rahumada@modbee.comApril 25, 2013 


ELIAS FUNEZ/efunez@modbee.com Outgoing Riverbank councilman Jesse James White says he will continue to help the community after giving a speach during Monday's (12-10-12) council meeting.

ELIAS FUNEZ — Modesto Bee

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— The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has denied an application from former Riverbank City Councilman Jesse James White, who was seeking to serve his one-year jail sentence at home with a GPS monitoring device.

White pleaded no contest Feb. 1 to four criminal charges for drunken driving, crashing his Corvette in Oakdale and leaving his injured son in the car last year. White wants to participate in the county jail's home detention program, which allows him to serve his time under house arrest.

White appeared in court Thursday morning to tell the judge his application was denied and ask that his surrender date at the jail be postponed.

As they do for other applicants, sheriff's officials reviewed White's application, his criminal charges, the circumstances that led to the charges and his criminal history before determining whether he was suitable for the program, said deputy Royjindar Singh, the sheriff's spokesman.

Singh said the Sheriff's Department rejected the application based on White's charges and the nature of the crimes he committed.

White, 24, was convicted of two felonies: driving under the influence causing injury and resisting an Oakdale police officer. He pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors: child endangerment and hit-and-run causing property damage.

In an August preliminary hearing, witnesses testified they saw White's Corvette crash on F Street in Oakdale on Feb. 20, 2012.

His 4-year-old son was in the Corvette and suffered a bloody nose. When White tried to leave, police have said, his son was still in the car.

White was taken to a hospital, where his blood was drawn. Test results showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.24 percent, three times the legal limit to drive, according to testimony in the preliminary hearing.

Like other applicants, White now has the opportunity to appeal the decision to the sergeant who supervises the program, Singh said. If his application is still denied, White can then appeal to the lieutenant before a final appeal can be made to the sheriff's division captain.

White was scheduled to surrender at the jail May 1 if he didn't qualify for one of the sheriff's alternative programs. On Thursday, he asked the judge for a 30-day extension on his surrender date, so he could ask sheriff's officials to reconsider their decision.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Dawna Reeves postponed his surrender date 45 days, rescheduling it for June 15. She said she wanted to give him enough time to appeal because she didn't intend to extend his surrender date any further. If White is not in one of the alternative programs by then, he will have to serve his sentence in jail.

White was elected to the Riverbank council in November 2008 at age 19. He did not seek a second term on the council; his term ended in December. His grandfather Dave White served on the council for nearly two decades.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or (209) 578-2394.

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