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Jury convicts Pleasanton woman of murder for fatal DUI on Highway 84

44-year-old scheduled to be sentenced in March

A Pleasanton woman with a history of drunk driving was found guilty of second-degree murder last week at the end of a jury trial over a 2017 DUI crash in which she struck a pedestrian who was standing off the road alongside Highway 84/Isabel Avenue, according to Livermore police.

Jennifer Barbero, 44, is scheduled to be sentenced on March 20 following her conviction, police said.

Barbero was behind the wheel of an SUV around 10:20 a.m. on May 26, 2017, traveling southbound on Highway 84 just south of Interstate 580 when her SUV hit Livermore resident David Nemeroff, who was standing next to his vehicle that was stopped on the side of the road, police said at the time.

Nemeroff, 73, sustained critical injuries in the collision, which occurred on the Friday morning of Memorial Day weekend in 2017. He died from his injuries at a local hospital that Sunday May 28, 2017.

Police reported at the time that Barbero, who remained at the scene with her SUV seriously damaged, exhibited signs of impairment including poor balance and red, watery eyes. A blood test would confirm alcohol intoxication.

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Further investigation also revealed she had a 2008 misdemeanor DUI conviction in Alameda County and a 2014 conviction for reckless driving involving alcohol in Contra Costa County, as well as a separate DUI case pending at the time of the fatal crash stemming from a 2015 incident in Alameda County, according to court records at the time.

Barbero was charged with second-degree murder in connection with Nemeroff's death.

Her case went to trial in recent weeks, and an Alameda County jury found her guilty on Jan. 30 of second-degree "Watson murder" -- which refers to a serious type of fatal DUI under California law that typically arises when a driver has prior DUI cases or convictions, leading to the implied malice needed to prove murder.

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office did not respond to a request for comment on Barbero's murder conviction. Contact information for her defense counsel was not immediately available.

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Jury convicts Pleasanton woman of murder for fatal DUI on Highway 84

44-year-old scheduled to be sentenced in March

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Feb 4, 2020, 12:59 pm

A Pleasanton woman with a history of drunk driving was found guilty of second-degree murder last week at the end of a jury trial over a 2017 DUI crash in which she struck a pedestrian who was standing off the road alongside Highway 84/Isabel Avenue, according to Livermore police.

Jennifer Barbero, 44, is scheduled to be sentenced on March 20 following her conviction, police said.

Barbero was behind the wheel of an SUV around 10:20 a.m. on May 26, 2017, traveling southbound on Highway 84 just south of Interstate 580 when her SUV hit Livermore resident David Nemeroff, who was standing next to his vehicle that was stopped on the side of the road, police said at the time.

Nemeroff, 73, sustained critical injuries in the collision, which occurred on the Friday morning of Memorial Day weekend in 2017. He died from his injuries at a local hospital that Sunday May 28, 2017.

Police reported at the time that Barbero, who remained at the scene with her SUV seriously damaged, exhibited signs of impairment including poor balance and red, watery eyes. A blood test would confirm alcohol intoxication.

Further investigation also revealed she had a 2008 misdemeanor DUI conviction in Alameda County and a 2014 conviction for reckless driving involving alcohol in Contra Costa County, as well as a separate DUI case pending at the time of the fatal crash stemming from a 2015 incident in Alameda County, according to court records at the time.

Barbero was charged with second-degree murder in connection with Nemeroff's death.

Her case went to trial in recent weeks, and an Alameda County jury found her guilty on Jan. 30 of second-degree "Watson murder" -- which refers to a serious type of fatal DUI under California law that typically arises when a driver has prior DUI cases or convictions, leading to the implied malice needed to prove murder.

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office did not respond to a request for comment on Barbero's murder conviction. Contact information for her defense counsel was not immediately available.

Comments

My opinion
Downtown
on Feb 5, 2020 at 9:30 am
My opinion, Downtown
on Feb 5, 2020 at 9:30 am
29 people like this

This woman is appropriately charged with murder and Yarenit Liliana Malihan gets a plea deal for manslaughter and is probably already out of jail to drink, drive and kill again. Where is the outrage over Yarenit Liliana Malihan? She had multiple DUIs and also committed murder, she should have been torn from her family life and jailed forever.


Recie
Mission Park
on Feb 5, 2020 at 10:00 am
Recie, Mission Park
on Feb 5, 2020 at 10:00 am
20 people like this

Hoping this case will serve as a serious deterrent to others who risk the lives of others by driving while under the influence. It seems this type of Watson murder has a 15 to life sentence, in addition to a strike. This is the type of sentencing that should have been given to the woman that took the life of sweet Elijah Dunn in 2016. I always think of that family and hope they have found some level of peace.


Chris
Birdland
on Feb 5, 2020 at 12:16 pm
Chris, Birdland
on Feb 5, 2020 at 12:16 pm
16 people like this

To My Opinion - I totally agree. Makes no sense...But that is our judicial system...


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 5, 2020 at 2:39 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 5, 2020 at 2:39 pm
15 people like this

My Opinion - you absolutely nailed it.


Anonymous
another community
on Feb 5, 2020 at 9:44 pm
Anonymous , another community
on Feb 5, 2020 at 9:44 pm
14 people like this

Agreed an eye for an eye! We can’t fix that now but we can hope that others see Jennifer as an example. One persons decisions can hurt so many Innocent others!! Why did she not learn from her previous mistakes.? She ruined the life of so many. I’m disgusted by her decisions but happy justice will be served in her case. Due to the fact she has prior DUI stuff I hope she gets the MAX!


Lynne N.
Dublin
on Feb 5, 2020 at 9:50 pm
Lynne N., Dublin
on Feb 5, 2020 at 9:50 pm
18 people like this

I believe that anyone who "accidentally" kills someone while under the influence of mind altering drugs should be tried on Murder One. When one has had 3 previous DUIs, the third strike law should apply. If one chooses to get in a 2,000 pound bullet and runs over someone, they are guilty of Murder, not manslaughter. She knew she could kill someone and herself, but her disease of alcoholism was more important. So she chose to drive knowing full well killing someone was possible. Pre-meditated murder.


bobbdobolina
another community
on Feb 6, 2020 at 3:26 am
bobbdobolina, another community
on Feb 6, 2020 at 3:26 am
17 people like this

Lynne N. I dont disagree with you and the point you are trying to make i just wanted to point out that you refereed to her problem as a disease which is going to garner sympathy from some people saying that by having that as a disease she deserves treatment. i would stick more to the act was a choice she made view giving any opposition less chance to debate the issue. once again im not against you and i dont disagree with you.


Wombat
Downtown
on Feb 6, 2020 at 8:18 am
Wombat, Downtown
on Feb 6, 2020 at 8:18 am
12 people like this

Actually, it wasn’t “pre-meditated murder” or 1st degree murder because it wasn’t planned in advance. It was just very heartless and recklessly irresponsible for her to get behind the wheel drunk because she had multiple DUI’s and knew that she could end up killing someone. That’s why she was charged with and convicted of 2nd degree murder.


Transparency...........
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2020 at 10:16 am
Transparency..........., Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2020 at 10:16 am
12 people like this

Yarenit Malihan's husband was an Alameda county deputy.


sanity
Amador Estates
on Feb 7, 2020 at 1:16 pm
sanity, Amador Estates
on Feb 7, 2020 at 1:16 pm
21 people like this

Too bad she wasn't an illegal alien, she would have been acquitted and given free health care.


Kiko
Val Vista
on Feb 7, 2020 at 2:59 pm
Kiko, Val Vista
on Feb 7, 2020 at 2:59 pm
16 people like this

She should have asked for a change of venue to San Francisco then she could have said she found the car with alcohol already in it and she would have been found not guilty.


Lynne N.
Dublin
on Feb 7, 2020 at 3:10 pm
Lynne N., Dublin
on Feb 7, 2020 at 3:10 pm
12 people like this

@bobbdobolina,

Alcoholism is a disease, just like cancer. I urge you to do a search on "Is Alcoholism a disease?" and see what you find. I believe that you will be surprised.


what?
Castlewood
on Feb 7, 2020 at 3:10 pm
what?, Castlewood
on Feb 7, 2020 at 3:10 pm
14 people like this

So she gets murder but a felony convicted illegal alien takes and gun and kills Kate Steinle and doesn't get anything???? Cali is now a complete joke if it wasn't before


Lynne N.
Dublin
on Feb 7, 2020 at 3:26 pm
Lynne N., Dublin
on Feb 7, 2020 at 3:26 pm
10 people like this

*Wombat*

In my opinion, not by law, it is first degree murder because she knew she could kill someone if she got behind the wheel. She knew she was an alcoholic.

It's like if I have a gun in my drawer. I've never used I've used the gun 3 times before. I know that I could kill someone if I didn't use the gun responsibly. Yet I'm incapable of not playing around with the thing. I have to play with it. I pull the trigger knowing the gun is loaded (drive) and kill someone in my house. I murdered them plain and simple because I had previous knowledge that I *could* kill someone. If I had stayed away from the gun (car). Nothing bad would have happened. Again I please realize that this is my opinion.


Nick
San Ramon
on Feb 8, 2020 at 10:05 am
Nick, San Ramon
on Feb 8, 2020 at 10:05 am
20 people like this

Alcoholism isn't a disease, it's a self inflicted disorder. She's an alcoholic, and I have no empathy for her. Put down the bottle, and don't get behind the wheel of a car. Sick of drunks.


bobbdobolina
another community
on Mar 4, 2020 at 10:51 pm
bobbdobolina, another community
on Mar 4, 2020 at 10:51 pm
5 people like this

@Lynne N. not sure what makes you think that i dont believe its a disease, it is but its not like cancer, thats a completely different kind of a disease. cancer is on a whole different level. neither of which i would want to be stricken with!!


J
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 20, 2020 at 3:52 pm
J, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 20, 2020 at 3:52 pm
Like this comment

I know her and she is one of the nicest persons you will ever meet the type to do whatever she can to help another human being. None of us are perfect so put the pride away. As a Christian she already feels terrible for taking a life.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 20, 2020 at 5:01 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 20, 2020 at 5:01 pm
1 person likes this

What ever alcohol is, it kills!


urmomz
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 20, 2020 at 10:09 pm
urmomz, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 20, 2020 at 10:09 pm
Like this comment

"I know her and she is one of the nicest persons you will ever meet the type to do whatever she can to help another human being. None of us are perfect so put the pride away. As a Christian she already feels terrible for taking a life."

Apparently, she would do anything to help another human being except NOT DRIVE DRUNK FOUR TIMES AND KILL SOMEONE.

Not sure what her religion has to do with anything. Would a non-christian not feel bad about killing someone? Do christians have some monopoly on feeling bad for making terrible choices?


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