MERCED COUNTY, California (KSEE/KGPE) – The 20-year-old valley woman who was sentenced in 2018 to more than 6 years in prison for the DUI death of her sister was released just days ago.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirms Obdulia Sanchez was released Sept. 21 on parole.
She was admitted into prison on Feb. 18, 2018 after being convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, racking up 4 years. With enhancements of causing death or great bodily injury to more than one victim, adding a fifth year to sentencing. The last year was added for abuse and endangering the health of a child.
CDCR released a statement regarding her early release:
She earned credits at the 50 percent rate. The sentencing court gave her 404 days of pre-sentence credits, given for time served while awaiting sentencing, and 10 additional days of post-sentence and vested credits for time served while awaiting transport to prison and the corresponding goodtime credits. Sanchez also earned milestone and rehabilitation achievement credits for completing rehabilitative programTerry Thornton, Deputy Press Secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
On July 21, 2017, Sanchez live-streamed a video to Instagram as she drove her sister Jacqueline and friend. Sanchez veered off the road near Los Banos and flipped her car. Both passengers were thrown out. Jacqueline died and the friend survived.