The young woman who was just 17 when she shot her boyfriend to death while playing with a gun will spend the next six years in prison, a judge ruled Friday.
The sentence for Lety Hernandez came at the end of an emotional sentencing hearing for the manslaughter case that began shortly after the Dec. 30, 2014 incident where she put a gun to boyfriend Fredi Hernandez’s head and, thinking it wasn’t loaded, pulled the trigger.
Hernandez and one of the couple’s mutual friends at first told investigators that it was a suicide, but the friend later called and told them Hernandez had shot her boyfriend my accident after the two argued over whether he’d taken a Xanax pill.
Hernandez, who was pregnant with her boyfriend’s baby at the time, had a miscarriage.
“I’m sure there’s nothing I can say to get you to forgive me,” Hernandez told her boyfriend’s family as they sat in court Friday, his mother clutching a picture of him. “You lost a son, I lost a boyfriend and my best friend.”
Circuit Judge Krista Marx agreed with Assistant State Attorney Reid Scott that what Hernandez did was as reckless as a DUI manslaughter, and rejected claims from Assistant Public Defender Meagan Young and others that what happened was an accident.
But Marx did follow Young’s recommendation to sentence Hernandez as a youthful offender, citing her age at the time of the incident and lack of prior criminal record.
Marx’s sentence came with harsh words for the now 19-year-old woman, and before letting her go Marx called her sentence “the gift of a lifetime.”
Before giving her sentence, Marx called Fredi Hernandez’s mother up to the front of the courtroom and apologized to her.
“It’s not going to be enough, because it’s not going to bring him back,” Marx said of her sentence.