Woman sentenced for role in fatal 2021 crash that killed priest

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Father Graham Golden, a beloved New Mexico priest, was killed during a street racing crash in 2021.

However, the two people charged with vehicular homicide had the most serious charges against them dropped.

The man who crashed into the priest’s car, Manuel Soria, took a plea deal Wednesday afternoon. On Friday, a second driver went before a judge to learn her fate.

The plea deal that Angelica Boyd got dismisses the vehicular homicide charge. She was only charged for racing on the highway.

There will be no jail time for Soria and no jail time for Boyd under their plea deals.

During Soria’s sentencing, a close friend of Father Golden advocated for leniency.

“If Graham were here today, and preparing his own impact statement, I can say with confidence that he would argue passionately and at length for mercy, and against any jail time,” the friend said.

Boyd’s attorney asked Judge Emeterio Rudolfo to be considerate of Boyd’s time. He gave her 40 hours of community service with her six young children in mind.

“I think that the way a parent, or an adult, responds to a mistake is also a lesson for their kids,” Judge Rudolfo said.

There will be zero tolerance for both Boyd and Soria for any future speeding tickets. If they get caught speeding during probation, jail time could be back on the table.