first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The decision is complicated by Weller’s age and whether a prison would be equipped to deal with his rapidly failing health. Weller was free on his own recognizance during trial. The law lets Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson sentence Weller to anything from probation to 18 years in prison – effectively a death sentence for a man his age – for what happened at the Santa Monica Farmers Market in July 2003. Today, Johnson is expected to set a date for the sentencing. Defense attorney Mark Overland said he will file a motion for a new trial, citing past legal decisions and Weller’s deteriorating health. “I don’t know if he understands what’s going on today,” Overland said after the verdicts were read last week. He subsequently said he would appeal the verdict, perhaps extending the case until Weller dies. Gigi Gordon, a veteran defense attorney who wasn’t involved in the case, said prison isn’t a place for Weller, who attended opening statements in a wheelchair. She once represented an 82-year-old man who was sent to prison for a murder conspiracy. She said he arrived with a bag of medications and a special hearing aid – none of which he could take behind bars. He later suffered a severe injury when he failed to hear a gate closing, she said. Weller was 86 when his 1992 Buick Le Sabre plowed 300 yards through the market at up to 60 mph. His victims ranged in age from 7 months to 78 years. The incident also left more than 70 people injured. District Attorney Steve Cooley declined comment beyond the statement he issued after the verdicts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The judge who will sentence an 89-year-old man convicted of killing 10 people as his car careened through an outdoor market faces an unusual dilemma: What to do with an ailing felon whose case has created endless sorrow but few calls for imprisonment. The district attorney has not recommend a sentence for George Russell Weller, even after winning a conviction last week on charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. Some surviving victims said they don’t care if he goes to prison. “We have had a huge Greek tragedy morality play, and now nobody knows how it should end,” said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola University Law School and former federal prosecutor. last_img read more