Jul 28, 2016

"The thought that he receive probation for the death of a person shocks the conscience."

Zachary Glascoe was sentenced today by Judge Timothy Cissna, who asked Glascoe in his own words to tell him, "why I should give you probation."

I was the only media in court for sentencing. I will update this post with arguments made by DDA Brie Bennett for a prison sentence and Judge Cissna's detailed explaination.

Update, most likely tomorrow. It has been full days in court and other news and I am exhausted.

The quote in the title is from Ms. Bennett.

Probation recommended probation instead of prison and drug treatment.

There was dispute about Glascoe having two or three prior convictions for DUIs. Despite Ms. Bennett's efforts, included a certified rap sheet, Judge Cissna said the Santa Clara County minutes were unclear and he was uncertain whether Glascoe had been previously convicted.

DA Press Release:
32-year-old Zachary Glascoe of Arcata was sentenced to felony probation for Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated (Penal Code Section 191.5(a)).  Mr. Glascoe pled guilty to the charge on July 5, 2016.
On September 7, 2013, Mr. Glascoe, who had a prior conviction for driving under the influence in 2007, was driving recklessly while under the influence of methamphetamine, lost control of his vehicle and collided with another vehicle.  The collision killed Mr. Glascoe’s passenger, his 28-year-old girlfriend Jane Goodearle.
The Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office argued for a prison sentence for the defendant.

In granting probation, the judge ordered the defendant to participate in Drug Court.  Mr. Glascoe has been in jail since May 1, 2015 when he was arrested on the warrant for failing to appear in court on this case.  To receive probation Mr. Glascoe waived all his jail credits for the time served. Therefore, if he violates probation he will be facing a potential sentence of 10 years in prison.


  1. DDA Bennett is right: it shocks the conscious.

    Thanks for reporting this, John.

  2. Judge Cissna needs to be removed from the bench!! This is such an injustice for Jane. How are we expected to get people to understand the consequences of a DUI gross vehicular manslaughter when there seems to be none in this county. If I were the family of this young lady I would legally go after Judge Cissna and make sure he never has the opportunity to do this to another family. Such a gross injustices!!!

  3. Is anybody able to explain why probation had anything to do with this sentencing? Also, I understand that if there is prior convictions that a stronger sentence can be put in place. But why, is it that because the minutes were unclear as to whether there was a prior he should not be sentenced accordingly? He pleaded guilty to this crime and he gets probation.....something is really wrong with this picture.

  4. I was the only one in court and I have been planning on updating my post with the Judge's explaination. It has been unbelievably busy with news and so I will get to it, hopefully tonight.