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Giumarra sentenced to 90-day work-release program, 5 years probation

Posted at 5:22 PM, Mar 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-03 20:41:19-04

UPDATE (April 3): John Giumarra III has been sentenced to 90 days that can be served through the Kern County Sheriff's work-release program.

Giumarra has also been given five years probation and must pay $2,018 in fines and fees. 

He also was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, which needs to be completed by Oct. 1. 

Giumarra must register and be enrolled in the work-release program by May 18. He was not given any credit for time served. If he misses any appointments, he will be sent to jail. 

He cannot operate a vehicle and cannot visit places where alcohol is served. 


A man facing three misdemeanor charges related to a fatal hit and run from early last year has taken a plea deal.

John Giumarra III, a member of a well-known Kern County farming family, was arrested after investigators say he hit and killed a bicyclist while driving under the influence on Golden State Avenue and F Street on January 16, 2017.

The 32-year-old bicyclist, Angela Holder, died from the injuries she sustained in the crash.

The District Attorney's Office said that, even though Giumarra was under the influence, Holder was at fault in the crash, because she was under the influence as well, was wearing dark clothing and wasn't in a crosswalk.

The District Attorney's Office said that Giumarra had been convicted of a DUI at least once before and said that Judge Dulcich reduced charges against the prosecutor's wishes.

Felony DUI charges were recommended against Giumarra by Bakersfield Police last year.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 3 on three misdemeanor charges of hit and run with permanent and serious injury, driving under the influence, and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.