Sentencing set for biker who killed wife in drunken crash

MURRIETA  – A Calimesa man who killed his wife when he drove his motorcycle into the back of a car while  drunk and speeding on a San Jacinto road is slated to be sentenced today to six years in state prison.
John Francis Fults, 61, pleaded guilty on Jan. 25 to gross vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence for the 2014 death of 52-year-old Pamela Fults.
As part of his plea deal with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, prosecutors agreed to drop a second-degree murder charge against Fults in exchange for his admission to the manslaughter count. He is free on a $1 million bond.
According to sheriff’s officials, the defendant and his wife were drinking at a San Jacinto pub on the night of Dec. 20, 2014, and left about
12:45 a.m. to head home to Calimesa. Fults was driving his Harley-Davidson northbound on State Street at a speed one witness stated was well over the 45 mph limit, Deputy Joseph Cristinziani wrote in a June 2015 arrest warrant affidavit.
As Fults approached Seventh Street, he failed to see a Honda sedan stopped in front of him for pedestrians and slammed into the back of it, catapulting himself and Pam Fults into the intersection. She suffered severe head trauma and died a short time later. He suffered major injuries but eventually recovered, according to court papers.
The woman at the wheel of the Honda was not hurt.
Cristinziani said that Fults’ blood-alcohol level was .18 — more than twice the legal limit to operate a vehicle — and he admitted drinking
“whiskey” prior to the wreck.
Prosecutors filed a DUI murder charge against the defendant because, only seven months earlier, he had been involved in a separate alcohol-fueled crash on the same motorcycle, according to the affidavit and criminal complaint. That case was pending at the time of the fatal collision, and Fults has since pleaded guilty. He’s expected to be sentenced today for that offense as well.
Pam Fults’ younger sister, Karen Aceves, is scheduled to speak out against the plea agreement during the sentencing hearing, arguing that Fults is getting off too lightly.
She said that her family was not notified prior to the agreement being consummated, and there are a number of unanswered questions
pertaining to the investigation.

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