Wednesday Dec 24 2008
Restitution hearing postponed in case of football star
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Credibility of victim’s allegations questioned
The decision of whether or not former Del Oro High School football star Ryne Gonzalez, 21, will pay $2,000 in restitution for damages incurred by the victim in an August 2005 altercation was postponed until January. On March 26, a jury found Gonzalez guilty of a misdemeanor battery charge. The charge stems from a 2005 incident during which he walked into Chad Cisneros’ Penryn home and punched him once in the face. The altercation was allegedly over a mutual girlfriend. Gonzalez’s attorney, Robert Young, has since filed an appeal with the decision pending. On Dec. 17, a restitution hearing was pushed back to Jan. 14 because the victim, Cisneros, reportedly did not bring forward all subpoenaed documents. Cisneros did provide documents saying he seeks about $2,000 for dental work. Young said he is questioning the credibility of the estimate because Cisnero’s mother worked for the dentist. He said the dentist was not issued a subpoena in time to make the December hearing but is expected to appear in January. According to Rod Cisneros, Chad’s father, Chad’s mother worked for the dentist for a period of time in 2004. However, she was not working for the dentist in 2006 when the estimate exam was performed on Chad Cisneros. Young said he is also seeking documents to justify Cisnero’s claim that he has lost customers and subsequently money as a result of the altercation. Rod Cisneros, Chad’s father, said his son only had three days to gather the documents. Rod Cisneros said they will have more records gathered by the next hearing date. Rod Cisneros said he is frustrated that justice hasn’t come sooner to his son. He said the family is anxious to settle the dispute. “It just keeps going on and on and on,” Rod Cisneros said. “It’s kind of disconcerting to think someone can break into your house and attack you in your sleep and justice is slow coming. You begin to wonder if it’s coming at all.” Young said his client testified that he entered the house yelling, which woke Chad Cisneros up. Gonzalez then said he punched Cisneros. “My client claimed the guy jumped up and was defending himself,” Young said. In the Aug. 10, 2005 Placer County Sheriff’s report, Chad Cisneros told a sheriff’s deputy that he awoke at about 2:30 a.m. to being punched in the face and looked up to see Gonzalez standing over his bed. Gonzalez was listed on the 2008 roster for San Jose State’s NCAA Division I football team. Statistics were listed for 2006 and 2007, but none were listed for 2008. The restitution hearing will be held at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 14 in Dept. 33 at the Bill Santucci Justice Center in Roseville. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment.