State fights request for shorter sentence in deadly DWI case

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The state is pushing back against the idea of shaving more time off the sentence for a deadly drunk driver. 

Christie Noriega had her toddler in the car when she hit and killed Lonnie Escovido and Mikey Chambellan, who were changing a tire on the side of I-25 near Bernalillo. She was facing a max of 30 years in prison, but Judge Louis McDonald sentenced her to just a year and a half. 

This month, Noriega asked for an even shorter sentence, arguing she should get credit for her nearly six months on a GPS monitor.

The state says that doesn’t make sense since she was not on house arrest while she was being monitored. However, the state is not opposing a request to credit Noriega for 19 days she actually spent behind bars.

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