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May 3, 1989 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
After hearing two hours of emotional testimony, a judge Tuesday sentenced Danny David Ornelas, 19, to 10 years in prison for running down and killing a Newport Beach mother of three while a passenger inadvertently videotaped the incident. "It is with a heavy heart that I do this, Mr. Ornelas, but I must do what I must do," said Orange County Superior Court Judge Luis A. Cardenas. Ornelas was convicted by a jury March 20 of gross vehicular manslaughter in the death of Debbie Killelea, 37, in an alley behind her Balboa Peninsula home.
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May 23, 1993 | SUSAN HOWLETTE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was 2 a.m. on a December morning in 1988 when Kathy Mahoney finally placed a stamp on the letter that would alter life's course for the young Irvine widow and her two little girls. A few weeks later, Brian Killelea tackled the painful task of answering the pile of condolence mail that poured in after a drunk motorist ran down his wife, Debbie, in the alley behind their Balboa Peninsula home. "What I want to tell you is that you will survive," read Mahoney's letter. "Someday you will be happy."
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May 28, 1989
With the sentencing of Danny Ornelas for the death of my beautiful wife, Debbie Killelea, it is time for my friends and my family to end a very tragic chapter in our lives. Each day is a struggle for my children and myself without Deb, but as time passes and with the spiritual and emotional help of our friends and faith, we will manage to survive this very painful period. It is difficult for me to believe that the pain caused by the loss of Deb will ever die, but I pray that one day the sorrow will be replaced by our fond memories of a loving and giving wife and mother.
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November 16, 1991 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying that he was compelled to act against "common sense," an Orange County judge Friday ordered the release of a man who was tried and convicted twice for killing a Newport Beach woman in a drunk-driving accident. Danny David Ornelas, 21, was ordered released because he already has served more than the two-year sentence pronounced Friday after his second conviction in the hit-and-run death of Debbie Killelea, 37, in September, 1988.
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October 11, 1989 | Dianne Klein , Dianne Klein today begins writing a new column about life in Orange County that will run on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. A Times staff writer since 1987, Klein formerly covered Latin America for the Houston Chronicle and was a correspondent and editor for United Press International based in New York and overseas. Klein, 33, is married and has a 3-year-old daughter
The other day Brian Killelea was driving past a group of the guys. They were getting ready to play volleyball, limbering up, joking around, wearing silly pink hats, practicing their killer serves. "And they had these genuine, carefree smiles on their faces," Killelea says. "And I thought, 'How long will it be until I have a genuine, carefree smile on my face?' " A while. Maybe never. But Brian Killelea isn't asking me. He's turning himself inside out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1989
I want to add another few words to the subject of the closure of the trauma center at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center. It seems tragically ironic to me that this fine center is in imminent danger of closure, due to inadequate funding, exactly a year after the heroic, yet unsuccessful, attempts to save the life of one of our friends, Debbie Killelea. She arrived at the center, near death, after being hit by a drunken teen-ager in the alley behind her Newport Beach home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1989
A Superior Court jury began deliberations Tuesday morning on the fate of Danny David Ornelas, 19, who is charged with running down and fatally injuring a mother in Newport Beach last Sept. 1. The case went to the jury after 2 weeks of testimony, including the showing of a videotape of the incident filmed by a passenger, and final instructions from Judge Luis A. Cardenas. Ornelas faces up to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.
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March 21, 1989
Rejecting a charge of second-degree murder, an Orange County Superior Court jury found Danny David Ornelas, 19, guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the Sept. 1 death of a Newport Beach woman, who was standing in an alley with her two children when she was struck by his speeding car. Deputy Dist. Atty. Thomas Goethals argued that a videotape shot by a passenger in the car proved that the Huntington Park man deliberately swerved the car to hit Debbie Killelea, 37.
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January 24, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
Daniel David Ornelas, currently serving a 10-year prison term in Soledad for running down a Newport Beach woman in a 1988 drunk driving accident, may soon go free following an appellate court decision this week that modifies his conviction and drastically reduces his sentence. Ornelas, then 19, was convicted in 1989 of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with gross negligence. Superior Court Judge Luis A.
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May 2, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Danny David Ornelas, 19, today was given the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for running down and killing a Newport Beach mother of three Sept. 1. Ornelas of Huntington Park was drunk and speeding when he struck and killed Debbie Killelea, 37, in the alley behind her Balboa Peninsula home in front of her two sons. Brian Killelea, 40, her husband, told the judge before sentencing, "I am not a vengeful person. However, I represent the American family, and all I want is justice."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1991 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying that he was compelled to act against "common sense," an Orange County judge Friday ordered the release of a man who was tried and convicted twice for killing a Newport Beach woman in a drunk driving accident. Danny David Ornelas, 21, was ordered released because he has already served more than the two-year sentence he received Friday. He walked out of the Orange County Jail to freedom at 10 p.m.
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November 7, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the retrial of a young man charged with drunkenly killing a woman in a car accident that was captured on a dramatic videotape, the defense attorney Wednesday blamed the fatal outcome on the victim for acting "like a traffic cop." But the prosecutor countered that the defendant's drinking and driving made him "an accident waiting to happen."
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February 15, 1991 | JERRY HICKS
County prosecutors say that if their appeals fail, they will retry Daniel David Ornelas, whose vehicular manslaughter conviction was reversed last month by an appellate court. Ornelas, 20, was convicted in 1989 of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated for killing Debbie Killelea of Newport Beach.
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January 24, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
Daniel David Ornelas, currently serving a 10-year prison term in Soledad for running down a Newport Beach woman in a 1988 drunk driving accident, may soon go free following an appellate court decision this week that modifies his conviction and drastically reduces his sentence. Ornelas, then 19, was convicted in 1989 of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with gross negligence. Superior Court Judge Luis A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1991 | BOB SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Daniel David Ornelas, now serving a 10-year prison term in Soledad for running down a Newport Beach woman in 1988 when he was drunk, may soon go free due to an appellate court decision that modifies his conviction and drastically reduces his sentence. Ornelas was convicted in 1989 of grossly negligent vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Superior Court Judge Luis A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1989 | Dianne Klein , Dianne Klein today begins writing a new column about life in Orange County that will run on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. A Times staff writer since 1987, Klein formerly covered Latin America for the Houston Chronicle and was a correspondent and editor for United Press International based in New York and overseas. Klein, 33, is married and has a 3-year-old daughter
The other day Brian Killelea was driving past a group of the guys. They were getting ready to play volleyball, limbering up, joking around, wearing silly pink hats, practicing their killer serves. "And they had these genuine, carefree smiles on their faces," Killelea says. "And I thought, 'How long will it be until I have a genuine, carefree smile on my face?' " A while. Maybe never. But Brian Killelea isn't asking me. He's turning himself inside out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1988
I have just finished reading an article in today's Times--"New Crowd Bellying Up to Tijuana Bars--Americans Under 21" (Sept. 9)--and I wish you had written that article a couple of weeks ago and published it on Sept. 1. Maybe then Danny David Ornelas, 19, would have gone south to get drunk instead of coming to Newport Beach. Then my friend, Debbie Killelea, would still be alive! Unfortunately, you waited too long, and Debbie is dead. You left one important part out of the article: What happens to those kids after the Tijuana taxis dump them off at the border and they stagger to their cars in the parking lots?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1991 | JERRY HICKS
County prosecutors say that if their appeals fail, they will retry Daniel David Ornelas, whose vehicular manslaughter conviction was reversed last month by an appellate court. Ornelas, 20, was convicted in 1989 of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated for killing Debbie Killelea of Newport Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1989
I want to add another few words to the subject of the closure of the trauma center at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center. It seems tragically ironic to me that this fine center is in imminent danger of closure, due to inadequate funding, exactly a year after the heroic, yet unsuccessful, attempts to save the life of one of our friends, Debbie Killelea. She arrived at the center, near death, after being hit by a drunken teen-ager in the alley behind her Newport Beach home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1989
With the sentencing of Danny Ornelas for the death of my beautiful wife, Debbie Killelea, it is time for my friends and my family to end a very tragic chapter in our lives. Each day is a struggle for my children and myself without Deb, but as time passes and with the spiritual and emotional help of our friends and faith, we will manage to survive this very painful period. It is difficult for me to believe that the pain caused by the loss of Deb will ever die, but I pray that one day the sorrow will be replaced by our fond memories of a loving and giving wife and mother.
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