WOODLAND — The sentencing of a former Davis man convicted of second-degree murder for a 2012 fatal drunken-driving crash was postponed Thursday at the request of Yolo Superior Court Judge Janet Gaard.
“This is a difficult case, and there are a number of legal issues that need to be addressed,” Gaard said, asking the attorneys in the case to file legal briefs regarding a number of sentencing issues facing defendant Ryan Scott Baird, 23.
Baird, a 2007 Davis High School graduate, was at the wheel of a car that ran off an Interstate 5 offramp in Woodland on the night of Jan. 6, 2012, ejecting his three passengers and killing one, 25-year-old Robert Dale Sunderland III.
A jury in May convicted Baird of second-degree murder — sought by prosecutors because of his two prior DUI convictions — as well as gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury and/or death. He faces up to 29 years to life in state prison.
Gaard set a new sentencing date of Aug. 2 but heard victim-impact statements Thursday from Sunderland’s mother and brother, which were delivered through a victim advocate as a group of Sunderland’s relatives wept in court.