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The California teen convicted of causing a fatal drunk driving crash that killed her sister, a tragedy that she callously live-streamed on social media, was sentenced to over six years in prison on Thursday.
Last July, Obdulia Sanchez, now 19, caused the accident that took the life of her 14-year-old sister Jacqueline Sanchez. She pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter and DUI a few weeks ago. Before her sentencing, she expressed remorse in court.
“I feel like such an idiot,” Sanchez said in court this week, according to the Merced Sun-Star. “Why did God choose me to be the older sister? I can’t even do my job right.”
She said she replays the accident over and over in her head.
“When I look at my mom’s face, I know she hates me,” Sanchez said. “I would hate myself too. I’m such a disappointment to my parents.”
Sanchez was 18 when she live-streamed the crash on Instagram, which showed her beside her dead 14-year-old sister Jacqueline Sanchez. According to International Business Times, Jacqueline Sanchez and 14-year-old Manuela Seja were sitting in the back and not wearing seatbelts.
In the recording, Obdulia Sanchez can be seen recording herself before the crash, singing along to music. The video then goes blurry as the car crashes. The sound of metal scratching can be heard. California Highway Patrol officials reported that Sanchez was under the influence and that she rolled her car over, hitting a barbed-wire fence.
You can watch the video here
(WARNING: Content may be disturbing to some).
Sanchez can be heard saying in the video, "Jacqueline, please wake up. I f------ killed my sister, OK? I know I’m going to jail for life." She shot video of her next to her lifeless sister. She added, "I love my sister… this is the last thing I thought was going to happen to us. I killed my sister, but I don't care. I'm sorry baby. I'm a hold it down."
Meanwhile, Seja can be seen waving at cars for help. She was injured and required 25 stitches on her right leg.
Sanchez’s attorney, Merced County Deputy Public Defender Ramnik Samrao was trying to get probation and no prison time for his client. He pointed to Sanchez’s rough childhood, stating that she was sexually abused by a family friend at age 11 and abducted and sexually assaulted by a 46-year-old man just two years later. Samrao said the second man forced her to use methamphetamine and alcohol.
Last year, Sanchez wrote KPGE-TV a four-page, double-sided letter in which she claimed she recorded the disturbing scene to attract attention from the public for financial help.
"I made that video because I knew I had more than 5,000 followers," she wrote. "It was the only way my sister would get a decent burial. I would never expose my sister like that. I anticipated the public donating money because my family isn't rich."
[Photo: Merced County Jail and LiveLeak]
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