Convicted of intoxication manslaughter last Friday, 24-year old Devry Resendez was sentenced to eight years in prison on Monday, for the death of a 70-year old woman.
"Devry will be possibly be punished for drinking and driving, and responsible for killing my grandmother that night, but my family will be given a life sentence," said Carolyn Cantu, the victim's granddaughter. "Life without my grandmother."
Tearful testimony was heard from family members of the victim of that horrific traffic accident. It was last September when Resendez hit a car on SPID that killed 70-year old Carmen Cantu.
Cantu's 25-year old niece was getting out of the car to help her aunt, when a third car hit them. The impact propelled the elderly woman through the back window and onto the pavement.
Police said Resendez then ran from the scene, but did not make it very far.
Resendez could have been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison, but jurors decided differently.
"It's an unusual verdict in the fact that we have prison time plus probation time," Assistant District Attorney Lorena Whitney said. "But I believe that was the jury's wishes, and we're fine with that."
All of Resendez' prison time will be served concurrently, and she must complete at least half before being considered for parole. Once out, she will begin serving her 10 years of probation.
Resendez will also have to pay $25,000 in fines.
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