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Man Gets 1 Year for Hit-and-Run Death of Santa Monica Woman

Just before a preliminary hearing today, Jesus Cazares changes his plea to no contest.

Jesus Cazares pleaded no contest to leaving the scene of an accident and a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter.
Jesus Cazares pleaded no contest to leaving the scene of an accident and a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter.

A 38-year-old man pleaded no contest today to charges stemming from the hit-and-run death of a Santa Monica woman who had just placed her toddler cousin into a car seat in Inglewood.

Just before a hearing was set to begin to determine if there was enough evidence to require him to stand trial, Jesus Cazares of Inglewood pleaded no contest to a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident and a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter stemming from the Oct. 19 crash that killed Elisa Alvarez, according to Deputy District Attorney Steven Gates.

Superior Court Judge Dudley Gray immediately sentenced Cazares to one year in county jail, followed by three years of formal probation, along with a six-month alcohol program.

The judge suspended a three-year state prison term that Cazares will not have to serve if he complies with the terms of his probation.

Cazares struck the 47-year-old woman with his pickup truck just after she had helped to put her toddler cousin into a car seat on Oak Street between Nectarine and Olive streets after a birthday party for a family member.

Cazares turned himself into Inglewood police a day after the crash.

--City News Service

Ted J February 20, 2014 at 10:07 AM
12 months for killing someone and being drunk???? Not bad for him????
Kage25x February 20, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Unbelievable. If you crash into another car or run somebody over and kill them, it's best if you bail from the accident as fast as you can. Looks like he has some gang affiliation, so Im guessing he escape prison justice also.
martin marteen February 20, 2014 at 06:09 PM
How about no jail time, but banish him form the U.S. for life? The public would be better served.
RJ February 21, 2014 at 06:55 AM
......how does one get the "real and factual" information regarding what appears to be yet another failure of our justice system? We had one of our dear friends /neighbor killed by one of the thousands of drivers that don't belong on the road. It's going on a year since the "U-Turn" driver killed our friend and neighbor and this SOB of a driver is still walking around free. It's time we get serious about holding bad drivers with APPROPRIATE ACCOUNTIBILITY.

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