An emotional Carmen Huertas was sentenced to a maximum of 12 years in prison for driving her daughter and friends around NYC after getting plastered at a family party.
Huertas’ recklessness lead to 11-year-old Leandra Rosado’s death.
Carmen Huertas tearfully apologized, and spectators audibly wept, as she was sentenced Friday.
“I did not intentionally set out to harm Leandra or any of the other girls,” she said through sobs. “If I could go back in time, I would.”
Leandra’s father, who had recommended that Huertas serve one year for each year his daughter was alive, was also present at her sentencing.
“What haunts me the most is I promised to protect my daughter. And I feel like I failed her,” Lenny Rosado told the court in an emphatic and emotional speech.
He was a single father, raising an only child. He said his loss has made him question his faith. He has no reason to rush home any more, no reason to look forward to holidays. His daughter will never grow up, go to college. She will never marry or have children of her own.
“I am not a monster,” Huertas, dabbing her eyes with a tissue, said at her sentencing. “I am a loving mother who made a terrible decision that caused the death of a wonderful child. I know that I must be punished.”
Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon had said during her plea that he would not sentence Huertas to the maximum 5 to 15 years but said Friday said the sentence had to be a deterrent so othes wouldn’t make the same mistake.
SMH. All these lives destroyed when people tried to stop her from getting behind the wheel.