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Robertson to serve eight-plus years for DUI, manslaughter

Original post made on Aug 20, 2008

Ten months after a violent vehicle accident in southern California that killed two passengers and injured three others, driver and Palo Alto resident Beau Robertson, 29, pleaded guilty Monday to vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence, among other charges. "This was fraught with tragedies," Santa Barbara County Senior Deputy District Attorney Joyce Dudley said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 20, 2008, 1:49 PM

Comments (28)

Posted by No one likes me
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm

I would like to first apologize to Kelly's mother. NO ONE can blame her for how she is feeling or reacting to this horrible accident. I just had my daughter born three days ago and can't imagine what I would do if this happened to her.
The reason nobody likes me is because I am the one who took him to Starbucks for coffee, was there for him when all his so called friends abandoned him.
Here is an example: "When asked to leave a local hangout of the girls who were killed his response was “just get over it”.
I was there. He did not say a word. After [email protected]#*a said: “You are not coming in here are you? Cause you killed our friends”. I was the one who said: “Have some respect for the deceased”. Again Beau did not say a word!
There is truth but surrounded by so many lies. He f-d up and he deserves to pay for it; and he will pay for it for the rest of his life; but you cannot trash his character because he is better than most of you who trash him and that sickens you. Stay tuned for more.

Posted by Where are the comments?
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 20, 2008 at 6:01 pm

A PALO ALTO resident is the cause of this damage and pain. But there's no racist, snide comments, unlike the ones that accompany articles about East Palo Altans and/or non-whites. Hmmm.

Posted by claire
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 20, 2008 at 6:07 pm

It is a very light sentence he killed two people and almost killed a whole family.

Under current law he would be charged with homicide and could get life in state prison.

Some states are considering the death penalty for such homicide.

Also how come he was out of prison before sentencing?

Posted by susan g
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 20, 2008 at 6:24 pm

He should have got 25yrs to life for murdering 2 people, I am glad one of the mothers called for the maximum sentence.

As beau will, I presume, be in state prison his time will seem like much much longer.

I also hope that this counts as 2 strikes, many of these DUI murderers re offend so next time it will be for the rest of his natural life.

Posted by sid
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 20, 2008 at 6:32 pm

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff].

robertsons blood alcohol level was TWICE the legal limit, the details of the crime are outrageous

Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 20, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Horrific story. Seems like a light sentence.

Posted by Know the cons
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 20, 2008 at 10:28 pm

These types of perps are better off being sentenced to relatively low time, but harsh time (e.g. chain gang, in pink underwear, no air-conditioning, tent living in the desert). I think 1-2 years under these conditions would be about right. What is the purpose of warehousing cons, for long terms, under soft conditions?

Posted by JP
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 20, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Anita, if you read this I am truly sorry for your loss. I had not heard about this until now. I had worked with you at PAPD and you are a great person and I am saddened that this happened to your daughter.

Posted by rudy
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 21, 2008 at 4:03 am

This light sentence is an insult to the memory of two innocent women.

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff].

Posted by carioca
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 21, 2008 at 8:08 am

It's interesting. Four black thugs, who some white Palo Altans speculate must have come from EPA(since they were black), attempt to rob two men in Midtown. They beat them up, not too seriously, but don't kill them, and there's an avalanche of indignation, some of it blatantly racist and extremely right wing-some suggesting that blacks shouldn't be allowed in PA or should be filmed before they are allowed in, blaming "liberals" for the crime, even going as far as suggesting that liberals actually love it when blacks "from the outside" commit crimes in Palo Alto.
A white man who is definitely a Palo Alto resident drives under the influence of alcohol and probably drugs, causes the death of a few people, and the racists and right wingers are eerily quite. They certainly don't blame the color of his skin on the terrible mayhem and tragedy he has caused. It's almost certain that had he been black, he wouldn't be charged with "vehicular manslaughter" but with second degree murder and sentenced to a much longer prison term. It's the same bottomless moral bankruptcy that allows those lowlife right wingers to accept and support the murder 1.3 million Iraqis in a Nazi fashion criminal war but explode with indignation when two white man are roughed up by black lowlifes.

Posted by alex
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2008 at 10:17 am

Misread/miswritten prescriptions kill more people than DUIs. Hospital/medical mistakes kill 20 times more people than DUIs. Since we don't even do anything to correct the prescription mess, which would be incredibly easy, it's obvious that DUI prosecution is one of the many hypocritical aspects of our puritan heritage/culture.

Let's drug-test medical personnel after medical deaths.

Posted by You Can't Handle the Truth
a resident of Professorville
on Aug 21, 2008 at 11:34 am

To the friend who took Beau out to coffee and stood by his side all that time. I pray nobody takes your precious new child away from you the way that Kelly was taken by Beau, but maybe then you will truly understand. And yes, he did say "get over it" at that hangout. Can we include in the "lies" that Beau had a new girlfriend a few months AFTER the death of the "love of his life?" We know she was breaking up with him upon her return to the Bay Area. Can we also include that he never said I'm sorry or uttered a word to the Ruiz family about his remorse not even at the hearing?

He committed this crime out of anger and drunkeness, this was not an accident and NO he is not a better person that all of us THAT'S WHY HE IS IN PRISON!

You can't handle the truth, and yes, I'm sure there will be "more to come".

Posted by Lisa
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 21, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Why did the girls get into the car with him knowing that he was drunk? That is a pretty risky decision.

Posted by Max
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 21, 2008 at 1:09 pm

"Why did the girls get into the car with him knowing that he was drunk? That is a pretty risky decision."
It's a tragedy that the young women died such a senseless death, but from reading about their lives after the terrible accident I didn't get the impression that they had made many wise decisions about their lives.

Posted by Carla
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 21, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Looks like another drunk driver takes another life. Why is it that people feel the need to trash the people that were killed? How do you "get the impression" that they deserved this because they made decisions in their lives before that had nothing to do with their death? The article said neither knew how to drive a stick shift. Sounds like the only decsion they made that was wrong was believing in this guy. Its a good thing that this guy is behind bars, it's propbably not the first time he drove drunk and when he gets out I bet it won't be the last.

Posted by driver ed test for Carla
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 21, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Two people go to a bar. One drives because the other doesn't know how. The driver has a few drinks and it's time to go home. What does the non-driver do?
a) Offer to drive.
b) Allow the driver to drive them both home because s/he doesn't know how to drive.
c) Refuse to get in and allow the driver to drive home alone.
d) Take away the driver's keys and find an alternative method of getting them both home.

Hint: there is only one correct answer and it's not b.

Posted by Max
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 21, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Oh Carla, chill out. Nobdy said that they deserved what happened to them. However, bad decision have consequences, often very tragic ones. Even if they couldn't drive a stick shift, they should never have gotten in get in a car whose driver was obviously intoxicated. They should have waited till he sobered up. That's basic. Getting pregnant at 15 and dropping out of high school isn't a wise decision either. Partying with sleazy characters isn't very wise either.

Posted by Paul
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 21, 2008 at 2:01 pm

I think the person/people who are saying that is the victims faults are way off base. He drove, he drove drunk, he was the only one responsible. And for whomever posted the repsonse to Carla, seems like you were the one who failed the DMV test, that you don't drink and drive. Period. Hope they didn't give you a license.

Posted by Max
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 21, 2008 at 2:11 pm

The most basic rule of surviving a drunk driver:you never, ever, get in a car with him/her. It makes no difference whether the women were drunk or not, but getting in a car with a drunk driver is a very bad and very deadly choice. This doesn't mean the young women deserved to be killed, why do people keep making these absurd claims? Like it or not, bad decisions have tragic consequences-can you tell the difference?
I also know for a fact that the victims were party girls who didn't make wise choices about many things, including the company they kept-do you see a connection between hanging out with losers and ending up dead?

Posted by Pop Quiz for Driver Ed
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 21, 2008 at 2:19 pm

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff].

A prostitute is walking home from a long night on the streets, a man attacks her and rapes her. Is she to blame for being raped because she is a prostitue?
I think not.

It was not a wise decision to get into the car to begin with,true, just as a prostitue is probably not the best choice in a career. However, that does not take away the seriousness or their responsibility for the crime they commited.
BTW, He was not just finished with a "few drinks" his blood alcohol was TWICE the legal limit. No matter what is said, he is guilty of murder and he got of very lightly...what kind of message does that send out to our teens and other young adults? 'You can get behind the wheel drunk and kill two people, but it's okay, because you'll be out in 7 to 8 years.. But hey! Don't forget to pay your taxes or else you'll go to prison for 20 plus years!?" Great message.

Posted by comprehension test for Paul
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 21, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Paul, reread the question. You've failed the comprehension part of it.

Posted by Anna
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2008 at 2:20 pm

to the original poster of all these comments: i guess you saying stay tuned for more means that you want trash the victims to protect your friend. what a nice guy. too bad you were not brave enough to post your actual name if youre apology was sincere.

Posted by to Pop Quiz
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 21, 2008 at 2:22 pm

You've passed the "Jumps to conclusions" test with flying colors. Note that I said only what I said - nothing more or less.

Posted by alex
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 21, 2008 at 2:40 pm

More to come: police report that states that the speed was no more than 25mph, that he had .12 in his system, that no airbags deployed because of lack of speed, no rubber on the ground from the tires.
Negative character letters from people that never met him: that he was drinking at the bar less than a month after the accident when he was in a comatose state for almost two months. That he always drove drunk when he actually paid for taxis for his [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff] friends. I will publish this [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff] soon enough. I dated Kelly, barely knew Sarah. This ACCIDENT is his fault and he is in jail and he is getting what he deserves which is guilt and being shunned for the rest of his life. I am sure that’s exactly what Sarah and Kelly would want. ONCE AGAIN, I WAS AT DAN BROWNS WHEN A SKINNY BLOND CAME OUTSIDE AND SAID THAT BEAU SHOULD COME IN BECAUSE HE KILLED HER FRIENDS, I REPLIED WITH "HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR THE DEAD", SHE WALKED OFF. HE NEVER SAID A WORD, I took him home, came back and had one of Palo Alto’s brightest get in my face. IF YOU THINK OTHER WISE YOU HAVE BEEN LIED TO OR LYING YOUR SELF!!!! He never apologized to the Anita because he was advised by his lawyer not to, due to a civil lawsuit she filed. I can handle the truth very well,

Posted by Father of 4
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm

So if you drop out of school and get pregnant you deserve to die at the hands of a drunk driver? Dude. Wake up, stop protecting this looser. I guess these poor girls paid the price of hangin with this looser as well.

Posted by alex
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm


Show me an example, please.

I hope that one day Robyn and Anita can find peace, i know buau won't whether he deserves it or not.

Posted by Danny
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm

At what point does the bar become liable -- or at least somewhat morally accountable -- for allowing someone drunk to drive? After all, the bar was the place that made money from all of three of these people drinking there, right? This is a tragedy -- it isn't something that was planned or motivated. It was a tragic, horrible accident. I think people should calm down a bit and grieve. There are no winners in this scenario. And we all make mistakes. seems like some people on this forum are conveniently forgetting some of their own while hiding behind a laptop to judge others.

Posted by Kelly\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Mom
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2008 at 5:00 pm

Kelly\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Mom is a registered user.

Ok enough is enough, I am Kelly's mom and I did not want this to be used for venting your comments or fustrations. I simply wanted to say what I felt about all of this; this is my right! I am her mother. Though I am not happy about the decision that was imposed onto Beau I will try to find some peace somehow or somewhere. For all of you who knew my daughter Kelly, you know how close we are. We were very close.This has been so devastating for me and Tyson more than words can express. I have my own opinions, you have yours. Let's just stop it right here and now!. We all love Kelly and our hearts and souls will forever be with her. My only concern is that I need to take care of a very distraught little boy who lost his beautiful mother. I worry how life will turn out for him.

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