Danny Anderson, a Sonora-area doctor convicted of triple manslaughter for his role in an October 2016 triple fatal collision in La Grange, was transferred to a permanent prison facility at the California Institution for Men in Chino on April 11.
“It is sufficient to say all of his case factors were reviewed and that was the institution that best suited his placement needs,” said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).
CIM housed 3,634 inmates as of April 10, Thornton said.
Chino is located east of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County and is more than 350 miles south of Sonora.
While Anderson was housed in the reception center of the prison, he was in good health and had not incurred any rules violations, Thornton added.
Anderson was sentenced to serve five years and four months in state prison by Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Donald Segerstrom for crossing over the double yellow lines on J-59 in La Grange and causing a two-vehicle accident that killed three people and injured three others.
Anderson’s offense was classified as non-violent and he is eligible to serve his sentence at 50 percent and be reviewed for parole as early as September 2020 before his earliest possible release date in May 2021, Thornton said in March.
Anderson was admitted into the custody of CDCR at the Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) in Tracy, a reception prison where he was processed before being transferred to CIM, on Jan. 29.
Thornton said every year an inmate’s case factors are reviewed and they could be transferred to a new facility within a prison or an entirely new prison as a result. She said Monday Anderson had not taken a new booking photo after his transfer to CIM.
Thornton said no information was available as to why CIM was selected as a permanent institution for Anderson. She said she was limited by state law on how much information could be disclosed about an inmate.
According to the CDCR website, CIM is divided into four facilities. Facility A houses approximately 1,000 sensitive needs inmates, Facility B houses approximately 970 medium and maximum security inmates and acts as a reception center for new inmates mostly from Riverside and San Diego County who are put through medical, mental health screening and other assessments. Facility C houses approximately 700 sensitive needs inmates and is located two miles east of the main campus and Facility D houses up to 2,000 general population and minimum security inmates.
CIM opened in 1941.
One of Anderson’s attorney’s, Nathan Nutting of Sonora, did not respond to requests for comment.
Anderson filed a motion appeal with the state Fifth District Court of Appeals one day after he was transferred to DVI, according to the court website.
Nutting filed a bail motion on March 29. A due date for a ruling on that motion was scheduled for Monday but no updates were provided by the website.
A previous motion to have Anderson released on bail in the Tuolumne County Superior Court pending the outcome of the appeal was denied.
A record of Anderson’s trial in the Tuolumne County Superior Court was also due Monday to the Fifth District Court of Appeal. The submission is expected to initiate a review process which can last between six months to a year.
Anderson’s medical license was suspended on April 8 during the length of his incarceration and until an accusation filed against him is resolved, said California Medical Board Public Information Officer Carlos Villatoro.
The suspension prohibits Anderson from practicing medicine.
An accusation filed against Anderson by the medical board is related to the details of his conviction and to his role in “corrupt and dishonest acts.”
The accusation said his conduct during and after the October 2016 accident related to his duties as a physician and reflected “a lack of sound professional and personal judgment” due to disregard for the law and endangerment of the public. His failure to take responsibility for the accident also “demonstrates a lack of moral character and satisfies a finding of unfitness to practice medicine,” the document said.
Villatoro said no hearing dates are set in Anderson’s medical license hearing. Anderson has 15 days to respond to the allegation and file a notice of defense to trigger the hearing.
If he does not file a defense, a defaut decision can be made by the board who can decide to take action against Anderson’s medical license and possibly revoke it.
Anderson can renew his license unless it is cancelled, surrendered or revoked before the time is up for renewal. His license is set to expire on June 30, 2019.
Anderson is also facing two wrongful death lawsuits from victims, with one of the cases claiming at least $2.5 million in damages.
The family of Tina Hoffman and Trista Hoffman, a mother and daughter who died in the accident, previously declined to disclose the damages requested in their lawsuit.
Trista Hoffman, 16, was the driver of a 2002 Lexus RX300 that crashed into a 2009 Toyota Camry driven by Dorothy Eismann on J-59 in La Grange.
Anderson, driving northbound in an Acura MDX, was found guilty of causing the accident with gross negligence for crossing the double-yellow lines into the southbound lane to pass two vehicles in front of him.
The maneuver caused southbound driver Trista Hoffman to swerve and crash head-on with the 2009 Toyota Camry that Anderson passed. John Reinholt Eismann, passenger in the Camry, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Anderson returned to the scene and administered CPR to Tina Hoffman, who was ejected from the front passenger seat into the road, but left the scene without telling the California Highway Patrol Officer he was involved in the accident.
Trista’s brother, Dillon Hoffman, sustained two broken legs. Her friend, Annie Johnson, sustained a traumatic brain injury, and Camry driver Dorothy Eismann sustained minor injuries.