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Woman to be sentenced in vehicular homicide case

Marian Camacho
June 18, 2018 05:59 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A woman charged with vehicular homicide is expected to be in court to be sentenced today.

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Police say Cynthia Silva was under the influence of a narcotic when she rear-ended and killed Shirley Van Why on I-40 near 98th Street in August of 2016.

Silva pleaded no contest to the charges and under her plea deal, she could face anywhere from six years behind bars to nothing at all. While a vehicular homicide conviction in New Mexico can land someone in prison for up to 15 years, there is no law that requires a minimum sentence.

KOB spoke with Van Why's sister, Renee Atkerson, last month. She said a probation officer has suggested that Silva could get 18 months in prison and the remainder of her time spent under probation.

The Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office said prosecutors are pushing for the six-year sentence and will fight any shorter sentence proposed. 

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