In July 2017, Obdulia Sanchez lost control of her vehicle while live streaming to Instagram. Her younger sister Jacqueline, and Jacqueline’s girlfriend Manuela, weren’t wearing seat belts and were launched from the car. Jacqueline died from her injuries, while Obdulia continued to livestream the events.
Moments after the crash, Obdulia was outside the car, begging her sister to wake up. She said “I killed my sister, but I don’t care. I killed my sister. I know I’m going to prison, but I don’t care. I’m sorry baby. Imma hold it down.” The video soon got ripped from her Instagram story and went viral.
90 minutes after the crash, Obdulia had a blood alcohol content of .106, well above the legal limit even if she was over 21. Her blood samples also tested positive for marijuana and cocaine.
Manuela Seja told her local NBC affiliate: “Honestly, I’m not mad at anybody and I don’t blame anybody. It’s all affected by social media. That’s what life is now. And it’s going to advance more and more. That what it’s going to be about.”
Sanchez gave a statement to the court where she expressed regret over the incident. She pled no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI, and endangering a child. She was sentenced to 6 years and 4 months in prison. Her defense attorney, however, is trying to get that sentence reduced, saying she has suffered “continual sexual abuse since she was 11.”
Prosecutors were hoping for a longer sentence, arguing that Sanchez acted callous in the video. The judge disagreed, saying her actions were a “cry for help stated in a crude way.”
It’s unclear how Sanchez’s parents feel about the sentence. While her defense attorney says they wanted probation and no jail time for her, Obdulia says: “When I look at my mom’s face, I know she hates me. I would hate myself too. I’m such a disappointment to my parents.”
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