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logo-lacodistrictattorney[KHTS] – A Stevenson Ranch woman received the maximum allowable sentence to a charge related to a fatal DUI crash she caused in August 2013.

Suzette L. Crockett, 46, of Stevenson Ranch, was sentenced to four years for gross vehicular manslaughter in the death of Johnny Sanchez, 58, of Lake View Terrace.

She pleaded no contest to the charge in June, which is the same as a guilty plea in the eyes of the court, with the understanding there was a maximum of a 48-month sentence, according to Deputy District Attorney Emily Cole.

“It was similar to an open plea, but there was an understanding that the most she could get was four years,” Cole said.

Crockett was accused of driving her 2007 Matrix north on The Old Road, near Sagecrest Circle, approaching a green light in the left-turn area, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

Sanchez was driving southbound in a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle on The Old Road, where Crockett failed to yield to Sanchez, according to the collision report.

Crockett had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 at the time of the crash, according to court records.

The family of friends of the victim spoke at a Sept. 18 hearing, as Crockett’s lawyers cited the mitigating circumstance of the intersection — Sagebrush Circle and The Old Road — was dangerous, which is why a turn signal has since been added to the traffic light.

Cole argued Crockett was speeding, Sanchez’ lights were on and the suspect had a BAC of more than twice the legal limit.

Crockett had left her home that night last August to buy beer after she was already intoxicated, according to court records.

Evidence presented at the preliminary hearing showed Crockett had just purchased more beer, which was next to her in the car she was driving at the time of the crash.

The judge heard all of the evidence and sentenced her to four years,” Cole said.

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  1. Sad she only got 4 years. This woman left a family without a father and his wife battling stage 4 breast cancer. You would think someone who murdered someone would show some kind of emotion or remorse but no! Ms. Crockett just like that terrible August night you sat in that courtroom with a blank stare and no emotion! I hope you think about what you did and how you destroyed a family for the rest of your life.

  2. Tom Dehn Tom Dehn says:

    Two lives irrevocably altered and one tragically lost forever. Over Alcohol.

  3. Javier Garay Javier Garay says:

    4 years is the maximum wow!! No wonder people drink and drive and don’t care about the laws, and she will be out in a year in half. You get more time for brandishing a firearm. Crazy!!!!

  4. That’s how corrupted our system is!!!

  5. Art Tom Art Tom says:

    Instead of the County seal they should show her picture

  6. 4 years, seriously! I hope she serves all 4 years no matter whose butt she kisses.!!!

  7. Greg Brown Greg Brown says:

    My cousin did about 14 months for 4 DUI’s. Think about that!

  8. Greg Brown Greg Brown says:

    My cousin did about 14 months for 4 DUI’s. Think about that!

  9. 4 years in nothing. The should increasethe maximun sentence for DUI

  10. Art Tom Art Tom says:

    Increase the minimum sentence too.

  11. Only 4 years, that is not much of a sentence or lesson. She is a murderer, treat her as such.

  12. 4 years from now she’ll be free.. For years from now the family is still fatherless…. Smh

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