Woman pleads guilty in road rage death of Santee man
A motorist who ran down a longtime Navy worker from Santee on his motorcycle has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a road rage incident.
Zacharias “Zach” Edward Buob, 39, worked for the Navy 20 years before he was killed on May 28, 2015, in National City by Darla Renee Jackson, 27, of Imperial Beach, who ran over him.
Chula Vista Superior Court Judge Francis Devaney, who indicated in court he would consider sentencing her to either three years or six years in prison, set sentencing for April 14.
Deputy District Attorney Laura Evans said the maximum sentence is 11 years in prison. A murder charge was dismissed after she pleaded guilty to manslaughter about two weeks before she was to have stood trial.
Buob was stationed at Coronado and was a special warfare combatant craft crewman, according to his obituary. He has a memorial on the findagrave.com website.
Jackson was charged with murder and not vehicular manslaughter because it was alleged she chased the victim and pushed Buob’s motorcycle some 300 feet on state Route 54, according to Evans.
This occurred after Buob reportedly kicked Jackson’s car after she crossed all lanes of traffic. Witnesses said Jackson sped by the motorcycle on northbound Interstate 5 near E Street before they both traveled on Route 54 into National City.
Jackson’s Nissan Altima struck the motorcycle and the radiator curved into the motorcycle, lifting up its back tire and it looked like the car was pushing the motorcycle, according to a California Highway Patrol officer. Buob was run over at 5:30 p.m.
Jackson remains in the Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility on $1 million bail.
Prisoner sentenced receives second life sentence for murder
A prisoner already serving a life sentence for murder was sentenced Jan. 20 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing Mark Randolph Vogler, of Lakeside, in 2008.
Destin Withers, 40, was ordered to pay $1,807.70 for funeral and burial expenses for Vogler, 28, who was killed in the 12200 block of Woodside Ave. on Feb. 11, 2008. He was fined $10,000.
El Cajon Superior Court Judge Lantz Lewis added six years to the life without parole sentence for Withers being convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. A jury convicted Withers of first-degree murder on Nov. 9, 2016.
Vogler was working at a Family Show carnival about a block from where he was shot around 10:35 p.m. in a parking lot. The trial for a co-defendant, Brian Baldino, 32, is set for Feb. 27, and he has pleaded not guilty.
Witnesses said two men with shaved heads were seen driving from the area. The motive is unclear. Withers’ attorney told Lewis he will file an appeal.
Withers is serving a sentence of 33 years to life in prison for the 2012 slaying of Morayma Denise Rodriguez, 20, of Escondido. A co-defendant is believed to have shot her and he is serving a 100-year term in prison.
Withers was convicted of first-degree murder by a Vista Superior Court jury, but has denied any involvement in that crime. The victim was kidnapped and shot when she tried to escape from a car and her body was found dumped along a road north of Escondido.
Withers and Baldino were charged in the Vogler murder in Aug., 2014 following a long investigation by the sheriff’s cold case homicide team, the East County Regional Gang Task Force, and the District Attorney’s office.