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Woman gets one-year sentence for fatal DWI crash

Joseph Lynch
October 12, 2017 05:17 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- In 2015, an Albuquerque woman drove drunk, ran into a man, killed him and just kept going. She even tried to cover it up.

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That woman, Jessica Lucero, learned she would serve only one year in jail for that crime. She received her sentence during a Thursday hearing before Judge Briana Zamora.

A lapel camera video showed a nervous and fidgety Lucero when Albuquerque police caught up to her. It was thanks to the quick thinking of a witness who spotted Lucero leaving the scene. Here is a 911 call from the summer 2015 incident:

Caller: "She was headed south on 98th Street in a red, like a red car."
Operator: "Okay, it was a red car?"
Caller: "Yes, a red vehicle with damage on the driver's side and the windshield is all busted and everything."

Police found that bashed-in windshield of her car hidden away in the garage of Lucero's family home. She initially blew a 1.8 in a breathalyzer test and later 1.4 on her official test. Lucero was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI and vehicular homicide.

Fast forward to Thursday when Lucero faced as many as 12 years for killing Daniel Torres-Sierra. She asked Zamora for no jail time, just the strictest of probation.

"I don't know if I can ever forgive myself," Lucero said. "It's hard knowing how much pain I've caused Daniel's family and how much pain I've caused my family, for one horrible decision I made that I can never take back."

Prosecutors acknowledged that Lucero had done well and followed all the court’s orders over the last two years since Torres-Sierra’s death. But that final decision was for the judge.

"Miss Lucero, I've got to tell you that this is one of the saddest cases I may have ever had," Zamora said. "I'm going to sentence the defendant to one year at MDC."

Lucero has until Monday to surrender herself. She was also ordered to serve five years of probation after serving her jail sentence.

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