Created: 02/27/2014 9:23 AM
By: The Associated Press
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A 39-year-old Las Cruces woman faces up to 3.5 years in prison after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her fiance.
Annette Fuschini was charged with first-degree murder, accused of intentionally running over her fiance, 42-year-old Carlos Nevarez III on June 12. He had gotten out of her pickup after they argued.
A jury on Wednesday instead convicted her of the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, as well as aggravated drunken driving.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Fuschini appeared relieved by the verdict, looking up at the ceiling and then trembling and blotting tears from her eyes.
Fuschini had testified that she was drunk and didn't remember what happened.
If she had been convicted of first-degree murder, Fuschini would have faced a mandatory life sentence.
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