Man pleads guilty to murder over crash that killed Nipomo native

Cameron Wesley Oliver

A Santa Maria man who killed two women after driving drunk at speeds reportedly above 125 mph will receive a prison sentence of 24 years to life after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and other charges, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.

One year ago to the day, Cameron Wesley Oliver, 26, was driving northbound on Highway 135 near Waller Park at about 1:40 a.m., when he drove through a fence separating the highway and Orcutt Road. Oliver’s car hit a telephone pole and rolled several times before coming to a stop in front of the Los Pinos apartments.

Oliver had three passengers in his car, all of whom were Santa Maria residents. One of the passengers, Leann Stauffer, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another passenger, Tricia Jensen, who grew up in Nipomo, was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and placed on life support following the crash. Jensen died at the hospital.

Tricia Jensen

Both Stauffer and Jensen died at the age of 37. The third passenger, an unidentified man, suffered minor injuries.

On Monday, Oliver pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. The criminal complaint against Oliver stated he was previously convicted of DUI in San Diego in 2014.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley said in a statement that Oliver is deserving of a life sentence.

“A life sentence is the appropriate sentence in this heartbreaking case,” Dudley said.

Oliver will return to court on April 9 in Santa Maria for sentencing.