Same crime, different sentences

 

The June 21 story Ex-UM student starts 3-year sentence in DUI death, on the sentencing of Ivanna Villanueva for drunk driving and killing a person, struck a chord.

Another tragedy that could have been prevented has forever marred the lives of two families. More surprising, however, was the sentencing. Villaneuva was sentenced to three years, yet in a similar case a 17-year-old who killed a 16-year-old was sentenced to six years. Seems this is another case in which sentencing is not necessarily based on the crime.

Maria Elena Lopez, Coral Gables

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