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Suspect in 2017 Brett Silva Death Arrested

Two years after former Pleasant Valley High School teacher and coach Brett Silva was killed in a car crash, the man who authorities say caused the crash has been arrested.

Posted: Jan 23, 2019 8:26 PM
Updated: May 23, 2019 5:17 PM

UPDATE: 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 23, 2019 - A May 23 preliminary hearing was conducted with testimony from a CHP officer.

Defendant Barrera was held to answer on all charges, which includes the death of Brett Silva.

The arraignment on the information will be heard at the Willows Superior Courthouse on June 14, 2019 at 10 a.m.

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GLENN COUNTY, Calif. - Two years after former Pleasant Valley High School teacher and coach Brett Silva was killed in a car crash, the man who authorities say caused the crash has been arrested. The California Highway Patrol announced Wednesday evening that 25-year-old Ramon Barrera Junior was taken into custody just after 5 p.m. in the Arbuckle area.

Silva was hit head-on on Highway 32 in Glenn County in a suspected DUI crash, though Barrera, Junior is only charged with vehicular manslaughter at this point, according to the CHP news release. On Tuesday, the actual 2nd anniversary of the fatal crash, Glenn County District Attorney Dwayne Stewart said he hoped to file charges within the next three months. Less than 24 hours later, Barrera, Junior was arrested. He was booked into the Glenn County Jail.

Rick Silva, the victim's brother, told Action News Now Wednesday evening that he's happy there is movement in the case after two years, but he's holding off on any further comment for now.

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