From CentralValleyBusinessTimes.com, “Farm workers union sponsors vigil over death of teenage field worker,” Saturday News Briefs, 4 Mar 2011.
A two-day vigil begins Monday at the entrance of the San Joaquin County Courthouse in Stockton to protest a proposed plea bargain for those accused in the 2008 heat death of 17-year old farm worker Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez.
Family of the victim will join clergy and United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez at the vigil that will go from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday.
It’s part of an effort to convince Superior Court Judge Michael Garrigan and District Attorney James Willet to reject a plea deal for two defendants in the death of the pregnant young farm worker.
The plea bargain would let Maria De Los Angeles Colunga, owner of the now defunct Merced Farm Labor Contractors, and her brother, Elias Armenta, escape any jail time in exchange for probation and community service, says the UFW.
The sentencing hearing is set for March 9.