MERCED COUNTY, California (KGPE) — Despite being sentenced for more than six years, Obdulia Sanchez would serve less than half of that before being released on parole. Our legal analyst said it’s pretty unheard of to get such an early release, especially given the crimes she was convicted of.
The last time we saw Obdulia Sanchez make headlines was on Feb. 8, 2018: the day she was sentenced to prison.
“I don’t want to go to prison, but I deserve whatever punishment I receive,” Sanchez read from a letter she wrote during her sentencing hearing. “She didn’t deserve to die the way she did. It should have been me.”
She was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI and child endangerment after live-streaming the crash that killed her 14-year-old sister Jacqueline back in 2017.
The livestream feed showed Sanchez behind the wheel and the moment she veered off the road near Los Banos and flipped her car. Her sister and her sister’s friend were ejected.
Sanchez would only serve a little more than a year of her sentence before being granted parole. A spokesman with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said she was released on Sept. 21 and completed several rehabilitative programs.
Legal analyst David Mugridge said Sanchez must have had stellar behavior in those programs.
“Number one, she would’ve had to have no violations, or very few violations,” Mugridge said. “Certainly no significant violations when she’s in the prison.”
During her court hearings, Sanchez’s family was vocal in their desire to keep her out of prison. Mugridge adds their input to the parole board likely played a big part in her release.
“It had to have been that the district attorney didn’t oppose, or didn’t oppose very strongly, her release,” he said. “Also, that her family certainly must have had a lot to do with this.”
We did reach out to Sanchez’s family to see if anyone would like to talk about her release. They declined to talk.