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).
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.
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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