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UPDATE: Boyfriend pleads guilty to 1 count in manslaughter death

Victim Rosemary Flynn was killed 2 years ago following argument between couple

Posted: August 6, 2012 10:31 a.m.
Updated: August 6, 2012 6:48 p.m.
 

 

SAN FERNANDO — A Canyon Country man pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular manslaughter Monday for recklessly driving from the scene of an argument two years ago knowing his girlfriend was clinking to his pickup truck’s door handle.

The victim, Rosemary Flynn, 21, of Canyon Country, lost her grip on the handle and fell to the pavement, striking her head.

Her boyfriend, Bryon Jeffrey Murray, carried her to the couple’s Jakes Way apartment, put her to bed and then left her.

She died of a fractured skull, an injury her father believes she could have survived.

Murray, now 30, was sentenced in San Fernando Superior Court to four years in prison Monday. A second count of failing to render aid was dropped.

“He pled guilty to the more serious charge,” Deputy District Attorney Kareen O’Brien said.

“Given the charge it was a fair disposition,” she said.

“It’s an extremely sad loss. It’s a terrible loss,” O’Brien said.

A handful of friends joined Flynn’s parents in the courtroom as the guilty plea was entered, some with tears in their eyes.

For Flynn’s father, Matt, the plea and the sentence cap two years of struggle to see justice served.

“We’re glad he got sentenced to prison and that he’s held accountable for what he did to Rosemary,” Flynn said on the steps of the courthouse.

“It brings some resolve to her death.”

On July 31, 2010, Flynn died following an argument that began inside their Jakes Way apartment and ended on the street.

Witnesses said the couple was outside arguing when Murray jumped into a pickup truck and started to drive away.

Flynn grabbed the door of the truck and was flung to the road, fracturing her skull in the process, according to reports.

On Monday, her father read a statement in court detailing how his daughter’s death has uprooted his life.

“I’m the father of victim Rosemary Flynn,” he said in opening.

“Even though Rosemary did not live at home, she came by every morning before work or school for her lunch that my wife, Lucia, would make,” Flynn said.

“We used to love to talk about what was going on with each other and visit. As a family we’re very, very close.

“There are just three of us now,” he told the court, referring to his wife and son, “and we miss her terribly. It is hard to describe, a pain that is worse than anything I have ever felt.

“Rose was the eldest of our two children, my first-born and just 21 when she died. Our son, James, who is two years younger, looked up to his big sister and they were best friends.”

In describing his daughter for the court, Flynn told of a promising future snuffed out in a moment.

In the weeks preceding her death, Rosemary Flynn, working three jobs, had earned a degree as a medical assistant.

She completed phlebotomy school and was about to get her license to work in the field when the fatal series of events unfolded.

“She was ready to get licensed in California,” her father told court.

“I had the paperwork ready for Rosemary the morning my wife, Lucia, and I heard the horrific news and our nightmare began.

“Rosemary already had a job offer where she interned,” he said, “they loved her there.”

jholt@the-signal.com
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