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Woman Who Live-Streamed DUI Crash That Killed Younger Sister Released On Parole After 26 Months In Prison

A California woman who was sentenced to more than six years in prison for causing the 2017 crash that took the life of her younger sister has been released on parole. The news comes as a surprise to some who remember the story of Obdulia Sanchez, 20, who caused and Instagram live-streamed her drunk driving accident that killed her 14-year-old sister Jacqueline Sanchez and injured her 15-year-old friend, Manuela Seja. 

Back in February 2018, a judge sentenced the then-18-year-old to 6 years and 4 months in prison for gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI and child endangerment for the July 2017, crash that killed her younger sister. Sanchez reportedly lost control of her car while on Instagram live-streaming herself driving drunk. Sanchez would plow her car into a fence in a field on the side of the highway near Los Banos, California. 

The hard crash would eject both of the teens, who were in the back seat and not wearing seat belts. Sanchez’s blood-alcohol level was registered at 0.106 about an hour after the crash happened, according to court records. 

“I don’t want to go to prison, but I deserve whatever punishment I receive,” Sanchez read from a letter she wrote during her original sentencing hearing. “She didn’t deserve to die the way she did. It should have been me.”

After serving 26 months in prison, Sanchez was released on Sept. 21 by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

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According to the AP, Sanchez was released on Sept. 21 after earning prison credit for time served while awaiting her sentence and for completing rehabilitative programs in prison, a spokesperson for the CDCR said. Sanchez would end up only serving 26 months of her original six-year sentence due to the saved prison credit time and good behavior behind bars. 

According to Ike Dodson, a spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California state law allowed for Sanchez to earn credits toward her sentence for good conduct and rehabilitative and educational achievements. 

“Sanchez received milestone credits for successful completion of approved rehabilitative or educational programs,” Dodson told the Merced Sun-Star. 

Dodson says that Sanchez was also approved for the state’s Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program, which she had been part of since Nov. 8, 2018. The program lets serious and violent crime offenders leave prison earlier to serve their sentences back in their community while also providing services aimed at helping them re-enter the community, treatment for substance use disorders, relationships, employment etc, Dodson said.

Legal analyst David Mugridge told the YourCentralValley.com that Sanchez’s early release is a surprising one. He says her behavior during her time at the reentry program must have been stellar for her to be out already. 

“Number one, she would’ve had to have no violations or very few violations,” Mugridge said. “Certainly no significant violations when she’s in the prison.”

While Sanchez may be out of prison, the details of this horrible tragedy still stick with us to this day. 

CREDIT: STILL OF OBDULIA SANCHEZ’S PRE-ACCIDENT LIVESTREAM ON INSTAGRAM

The case caught the attention of most of the country when details emerged of Sanchez’s antics after the deadly accident. Many were upset to find out she live-streamed the accident in the ensuing moments after her younger sister passed. 

“Jacqueline, please wake up. I f—— killed my sister, OK? I know I’m going to jail for life,” Sanchez, then 18-years-old, said in the live-stream video. “I love my sister … this is the last thing I thought was going to happen to us. I killed my sister, but I don’t care. I’m sorry baby. I’m a hold it down.”

During her sentencing, Sanchez said the crash kept on replaying in her head and felt that she failed her mom because of her role in the accident. While she was in jail, Sanchez wrote a letter detailing why she continued to live stream the incident she realized that her sister was dead. 

Sanchez wrote “I made that video because I knew I had more than 5,000 followers. It was the only way my sister would get a decent burial. I would never expose my sister like that. I anticipated the public donating money because my family isn’t rich.”

Just before her sentencing last year, Sanchez said to the courtroom that she regretted that entire room and asked why she was ever given a role as a sister. 

“I feel like such an idiot. Why did God choose me to be the older sister? I can’t even do my job right,”

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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A shooting that occurred over the weekend in Compton, California has sparked shock, alarm, and outrage.

The shooting occurred sometime around 7 p.m. on Saturday at MLK Transit Center in Compton. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the gunman made his way toward the passenger’s side of the deputies’ car and shot two deputies with a pistol without precedent.

One of the victims is a 31-year-old mother.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s department tweeted surveillance footage of the shooting which also captured the gunman fleeing the scene.

According to reports, the gunman fired into the deputies’ car without pretext.

“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement,” Alex Villanueva, the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County, said in a statement. “It pisses me off. It dismays me at the same time.”

According to Villanueva, both of the deputies (Claudia Apolinar a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man) were sworn in just 14 months ago and are in critical condition at the hospital. According to the sheriff’s department both are “fighting for their lives” but “it looks like they’re going to be able to recover.”

Apolinar and her partner were both shot at close range. Apolinar was shot in the face and torso and her partner sustained multiple gunshot wounds Seeing that he was in need of immediate medical treatment, Apolinar managed to make a tourniquet for him before medics arrived.

According to the New York Post, Apolinar is a former librarian who graduated from the academy last year.

“We’ll see what the long-term impact is. We don’t know that yet, but they survived the worst,” Villanueva explained.

Local officials have announced a $100,000 reward for information on the gunman and his whereabouts.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke out against the attack and condemned it in a statement calling “Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America — as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on.”

Speaking about the incident, Democratic US Rep. Adam Schiff called the attack “cowardly.”

“Every day, law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our community,” Schiff stated in a post shared to Twitter. “I hope the perpetrator of this cowardly attack can be quickly brought to justice.”

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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In early 2019, “Empire “actor Jussie Smollett found himself thrust into the public spotlight of scrutiny after it was reported that he had been the victim of a hate crime. His original claim initially prompted public outrage and a flood of support from fans. Then, nearly three weeks later, the public was shocked to learn that Smollett had been charged with disorderly conduct and the false filing of a police report after it was determined that the attack had been staged. Worse? Officials suspected that Smollett himself had choreographed the entire attack from start to finish. In March of 2019, the actor was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report that claimed two men attacked him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs at him.

Since then, the charges against Smollett have been dropped but his reputation remains tarnished. The court of public opinion has determined that he is a liar and fabricator. Ultimately he was dropped from his role on his show and he has remained relatively silent about the issue.

Now, a year after the alleged attack Smollett is speaking out about the controversy in a rare interview.

On Wednesday, the actor made an appearance in an Instagram Live conversation with author and activist Marc Lamont Hill. During the interview, Smollett addressed his ongoing trial calling the situation “frustrating, to say the least.”

“It’s been beyond frustrating, and I certainly am not going rogue,” Smollett explained. “I’m still taking the advice of my attorneys and everything like that, but I don’t really see, honestly, what staying quiet has really done, like, where it has gotten me. … It’s so much bigger than me.”

Smollett went onto share what the past year has done to him and shared that his legal team recently filed a motion against his indictment. The motion is set to be reviewed in court on Thursday. “I believe I have to give it up to God,” Smollett explained before adding that he thinks the legal motion will fall in his favor.

“They won’t let this go,” he explained. “It doesn’t matter — there is an example being made. And the sad part is that there’s an example being made of someone who did not do what they are being accused of.”

Addressing accusations that his original claims were all a hoax, Smollett said that “From the very, very beginning, it was set up to seem like I was lying about something or everything.”

Smollett claimed “there would be no reason for me to do this” and called the accusations “bulls—,” before adding that the “last thing” hew would ever want to do is “be portrayed as a victim.”

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