Friday Nov 21 2008
Football star ordered to start jail time in December
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Defense filing second appeal
A San Jose State football player and Del Oro graduate is still fighting a 30-day jail sentence. Ryne Gonzalez, 20, a former Del Oro football star, will finish out the fall semester before he is scheduled to turn himself in at 6 p.m. Dec. 26 at Placer County Jail. Gonzalez was found guilty of a misdemeanor battery charge March 26 after a two-day trial. The jury took 10 minutes to deliberate and return the guilty verdict. Gonzalez’s battery charge came after a 2005 incident when we walked into a friend’s Penryn home and punched him once in the face. The altercation was allegedly over a woman who had been dating both men concurrently, according to Robert Young, Gonzalez’s attorney. Gonzalez was sentenced in July to 30 days in jail in addition to 15 days of alternative sentencing. Following Gonzalez’s sentencing, defense attorney Robert Young filed an appeal with Placer County Appellate Court. On Aug. 15 the court dismissed the appeal. On Friday, the case returned to trial court where Judge Joseph O’Flaherty lifted the sentence stay and ordered Gonzalez to fulfill his custody time, according to Placer County Deputy District Attorney Jeffery Moore. “It has been a long time coming,” Moore said Friday. Young said Gonzalez is still playing football and attending classes. He added that Gonzalez still has his NCAA Division I scholarship to the college. A check to San Jose State’s football Web site showed Gonzalez was listed on the roster but no statistics were listed. Young said he requested the Dec. 26 turn-in so Gonzalez could finish classes, which end Dec. 21. Moore said he objected to the defense’s request for a Dec. 26 turn-in time. He added that he believes the sentence was appropriate. “I think that the appeal has no basis in law or fact,” Moore said. Young said they are filing another appeal and will know the outcome in about a week or two. Young said he believes the officer who arrested Gonzalez was intermingling with the jury. The Journal’s Jenifer Gee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment.