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Woman guilty of killing boyfriend gets maximum prison sentence

By: Melissa Gundersen
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A Las Cruces woman was sentenced Monday to spend three-and-a-half years in prison and five years of probation for driving drunk and running over her boyfriend, causing his death.

Before the judge sentenced Annette Fuschini, 39, to the maximum sentence for killing her boyfriend Carlos Nevarez, the Nevarez family had the opportunity to get up in front of everyone and say how this death has impacted their lives.

"Parents are not supposed to bury their children," said Carlos Nevarez Jr., the victim's father.

A teary-eyed Nevarez Jr. showed the judge and Fuschini photos of his son from a baby and all through his adult years, telling stories along with each photo.

"Four generations of Nevarezes. One generation just completely wiped out," said Nevarez Jr.

Nevarez's mother and son also gave short speeches.

"My heart crushes knowing that I will never experience the pride of him holding his firstborn grandchild," said son John Zamarripa.

Zamarripa told the courtroom he wanted Fuschini behind bars, claiming she's a danger to society because of her alcohol dependency, something Fuschini admits to.

"During this time Ive come to realize that I am an alcoholic and I need that help," said Fuschini. "I am sorry for what my actions have caused and that Carlos is no longer with us."

After listening to the heart-felt testimony that triggered tears from just about everyone in the courtroom, the judge sentenced Fuschini to three-and-a-half years in prison, five years of probation and recommended entering an alcohol treatment program.

District attorney Mark D'Antonio said since this is the maximum sentence Fuschini could get he is happy. Now he just hopes Fuschini takes something away from her time in prison.

"We have a very good prison system that tries to address the root fundamental problems of these individuals that get in trouble. So I'm very confident shell get the treatment. Now whether she'll avail herself to the treatment, whether she will benefit from the treatment that's only up to her, said D'Antonio.

Monday's sentence is for Fuschini's conviction of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated DWI as well as a prior felony conviction for robbery.

The District Attorney's Office originally wanted Fuschini convicted of first-degree murder, an automatic life sentence, claiming Fuschini killed Nevarez intentionally.

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