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Agreement calls for Nunno to serve 3-5 years following crash that killed man


KINGMAN – A Lake Havasu City teenager charged in an alleged drunk driving traffic fatality has until July 17 to accept a plea agreement and its requirement he serve a prison term or risk going to trial to possibly wind up with a much longer sentence.


William Tyler Nunno, 19, is charged with manslaughter in the July 2017 traffic accident that claimed the life of Russ Genovese, 41, Fontana, California. Authorities alleged Nunno was intoxicated and at fault for the 2:30 a.m. Highway 95 crash in the vicinity of Industrial Boulevard in Lake Havasu City.

Judge Billy Sipe informed Nunno during a June 6 settlement conference that he is facing a 7-21 year prison sentence if convicted of manslaughter at trial. Prosecutor Megan McCoy informed the court that her best plea offer for a manslaughter conviction provided a stipulated 3 to 5 year range.

McCoy said her offer is lenient, considering her office typically works toward a 4 to 8 year prison sentence for those involved in drunken driving traffic deaths.

“This is not an offer that can go down,” McCoy said, indicating a lesser sanction cannot be negotiated in plea bargaining. “Nothing will ever change what he (Nunno) has done.”

The victim’s father, Richard Genovese, made clear that his family is not happy with the plea offer.

“That does not seem appropriate,” Genovese said. “Nothing can return our loss.”

Nunno’s father extended sympathy to the Genovese family, but said he also wanted Sipe to know that Nunno frequently cries at night and is also a victim of the tragedy.

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