“There is no doubt she is remorseful. This is not what she intended to happen, but this was preventable,” Patten said.
However, defense attorney John Morris, argued that was too severe of a sentence.
“She did not intend for any of this to happen. Take into consideration she is only 23. She is a young girl who has dreams,” Morris said.
Morris said Fernandez dreams of working with deaf people and helping them. Prior to the accident she worked full-time as a personal care assistant to her severely disabled younger sister.
“Eight to 12 years will change her whole life forever,” Morris argued.
Fernandez’s mother wrote her a note before the sentencing. After reading the note, Fernandez looked over to her mother and sisters for a moment, crying. She tucked the note away inside her pant pocket as she left the courtroom in handcuffs.
“A girl at a tender age with all the hopes and dreams in the world is on her way to state prison,” Lowy said.
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