Woman who got wrist slap for DWI crash wants sentence further reduced


A woman who drove drunk with her kid in the car and killed two men already got a huge break. Now, KRQE New 13 has learned Christie Noriega wants more time shaved off her sentence.

There was outrage when Judge Louis McDonald allowed Noriega to dodge a max sentence of 30 years behind bars for the horrific crash last year.

In January, she was sentenced to 3 years behind bars, which actually amounted to one and a half years because it was a “non-violent offense.”

Noriega’s lawyer has now filed a motion to further reduce the sentence that already angered family and friends of the victims, Lonnie Escovedo and Mikey Chambellan. 

The motion argues that Judge McDonald shorted Noriega of 19 days of pre-sentence confinement credit. The judge gave her 129 days of credit, not 148, they argue.

What’s more, Noriega and her attorney want the court to give her 176 days of time-served credit for when she was released on a GPS monitor.

So, when you do the math and factor in what Noriega has already served up to Friday, April 19, she could be out of jail by September if the judge agrees with this motion. In total, she would have only spent about a year actually behind bars.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Noriega’s attorney. By phone, Stephen Aarons said that this is a standard thing when it comes to sentencing and that no amount of time behind bars, likely, would have been enough for the family of the victims.

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