Crime

Man responsible for deaths of two women in Orcutt will be sentenced to life in prison

DUI crash happened in Feb. 2017

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Cameron Wesley Oliver, the man accused of killing 37-year-old Tricia Jensen and 37-year-old Leann Stauffer on Feb. 6, 2017 in a DUI crash, will be sentenced to 24 years to life in state prison.

Oliver pled guilty to Second Degree Murder, Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated, and Assault with Force Likely to Cause Great Bodily Injury related to the crash that killed Stauffer and Jensen, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office announced on Monday.

"A life sentence is the appropriate sentence in this heartbreaking case,” said Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley.

The deadly crash happened on Highway 135 north of Lakeview Road near Waller Park in Orcutt. The investigation revealed that Oliver was driving at a high rate of speed in the rain, made an unsafe turning movement and lost control of the vehicle as it was heading northbound on Highway 135 toward Santa Maria.

The car left the highway, crashed into a fence and concrete bench, rolled over and wound up in the middle of Orcutt Road.

Stauffer was pronounced dead at the scene and Jensen passed away at the hospital from her injuries. A third passenger in the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Oliver will return to court on April 9 in Santa Maria Superior Court for sentencing.


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