Cristian Fernandez Mother To Be Sentenced In Duval County Wednesday

Cristian Fernandez Mother

Biannela Susana

Cristian Fernandez case is infamous in Florida.  The main reason for this is because he is the youngest person to be ever charged as an adult.  “When Cristian Fernandez was only 12-years-old, he was charged with first degree murder in Duval County FL.  He was accused of murdering his 2 year old brother and charged as an adult.  At the age of 14, his case came to a close…. His case returned to juvenile court and he pleaded to Florida aggravated battery.”  (criminallawyerinjax.com)  He will be released from a juvenile facility when he turns 19 years old.  “He will be evaluated and treated for any psychological troubles while incarcerated and must also continue his education. After that he will serve eight years of probation.”  (Jacksonville.com)

Fernandez was accused of slamming his “half brother David Galarraga into a bookshelf after being left alone in their apartment in March 2011.”  The Florida Times Union stated:

“[Biannela] Susana waited nearly eight hours to take David to the hospital after returning home to find him unconscious. She initially told police she waited two hours while researching information about head trauma on the Internet.  She said David had blood coming from his nose and couldn’t revive him. She also put ice on his head, police and court records show. At the hospital he was eventually pronounced brain dead from repeated blunt force trauma to the head, prosecutors said. A doctor told police the boy might have survived his injuries, including a skull fracture, had Susana not waited to get medical help. Prosecutors also said Susana lied to authorities about an incident two months earlier where Fernandez broke David’s leg. She initially said it occurred in a playground accident to keep the Department of Children and Families from taking her children. She also waited two days to seek medical attention for the leg.”

Fernandez’ mother, Biannela Susana, has not been sentenced in her case “for the aggravated manslaughter death of her 2-year-old son, whom she neglected by not getting him to a hospital in time and covering up past violence.”  Circuit Judge James Daniel will sentence her around 5:00 in the evening on Wednesday.  The court conducted a sentencing hearing last month.  The maximum sentence that Susan may receive for this Florida homicide is 30 years in prison.  The Duval County State Attorney’s Office is seeking 15 years in prison.  The defense is “asking for probation and supervised release…. The request for probation is also coming from the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center. President and CEO Lawanda Ravoira asked Daniel to give Susana probation and allow her to spend two years in a half-way house where she’ll get parenting and life skills counseling. The nonprofit would then hire her after those two years are up.”

The Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center helps troubled girls and young women. “Susana would spend 90 days at Hubbard House and then two years at Community Connections.”  Ravoira has been meeting with Susana for the past year. “She believes she doesn’t belong in prison and has a lot to contribute to the community once she gets the proper counseling and life skills.”

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Cynthia Veintemillas

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Cynthia Veintemillas is an experienced Florida attorney. She began her legal career at the public defender’s office in Jacksonville, Florida. Her primary practice fields include criminal defense, litigation, and family law. She has also represented many people facing foreclosure in Duval County, Clay County, and St. Johns County, Florida.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Florida, 2006
  • South Carolina, 2007
  • Middle District of Florida, 2009

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Florida Bar 
Member Since: 2006
  • South Carolina 
Member Since: 2007
  • Jacksonville Bar 
Member Since: 2008
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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