Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted the prison sentence of Esteban Nuņez, who had been sentenced to 16 years for his role in a brawl that resulted in Luis Dos Santos' fatal stabbing.
In a letter dated Jan. 5, Schwarzenegger wrote, "It is with heavy heart that I write to you in acknowledgment that my commutation of Esteban Nuņez has caused you more pain. I recognize that the last-minute nature of my final acts as Governor provided you no notice, no time to prepare for or absorb the impact of this decision. For that I apologize." Santos' father said the decision was "100% politics and nothing but
," referring to the close relationship between Schwarzenegger and Nuņez's father, former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuņez.
In May, Schwarzenegger also apologized to his friends and family for fathering a child
more than decade ago with a member of his household staff.