An Upvalley man will serve six years in state prison for killing his front-seat passenger in November 2013 while driving intoxicated.

Bobby Recinos, 22, was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in Napa Superior Court last week to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

On Nov. 9, 2013, Recinos, who had been a cook in St. Helena, was driving inebriated on Highway 29 when he crashed at about 4 a.m. north of St. Helena, killing 30-year-old Gabriella Quezada and injuring two rear-seat passengers,, Lisset Mitre Rojas and Israel Perez.

At the time of the crash, Recinos was on probation for driving without a driver’s license.

Authorities said Recinos moved Quezada’s body to his driver’s seat to make it look as if she was the driver and then lied to responding officers. He also waited 10 minutes after the crash to call 911, according to court testimony.

Quezada, who had a daughter, now 7, was pronounced dead at the scene.

In court Monday, Quezada’s brother, Sergio Gomez, and a cousin, Alexis De la Torre, spoke about their loss, noting Quezada left behind a young daughter.

“She was really a big part of our lives,” De la Torre said.

Lisset Mitre, who is listed in court records as Lisset Mitre Rojas, also addressed the court. She is now in constant pain and has been forced to cut her work hours in half, Mitre told the court.

Referring to Quezada’s daughter, she said Recinos “took away everything she had.”

Recinos apologized for his actions before Napa County Superior Court Judge Mark Boessenecker. “I’m very sorry,” he said as relatives wept in court.

His attorney, Richard Sax of Santa Rosa, argued for leniency. There is no evidence Recinos had been speeding or driving recklessly, he said. His client is very remorseful, he said.

“ It was a horrible mistake,” he said.

He asked that his client, the father of a 2 –year-old son, be spared prison. “Let’s not ruin one more life,” he told the court.

But prosecutor Cody Hunt asked for six years in state prison, saying Recinos did not call police after the crash, moved Quezada’s body and then lied. “It’s a pattern of behavior on his part,” he said.

In the end, Boessenecker agreed, saying Recinos’ actions were “incredibly callous.” Besides prison and fines, he ordered Recinos to participate in counseling and substance abuse treatment program while incarcerated.

Recinos has been in custody since Nov. 9, 2013. He received credit for his time behind bars and good conduct days adding to more than 700 jail days.

(5) comments

LH

The other 3 people willingly decided to ride with an intoxicated person behind the wheel. Sad.

Bystander 1

Apparently there was no technical enhancement for moving the body and lying? Very little information on whether the other injured passengers went along with the lie or not as well

Napa
Napa

Sadly, in all DUI related crashes like this that takes a human life by someone's negligence by getting drunk or stoned purposely with forethought getting behind the wheel of any vehicle it's always a no win situation on both sides of the fence. The remaining loved ones of the victim(s) suffer years after mostly all the rest of their own human lives as well as the inebriated driver's loved ones who in tears have to observe the individual being taken in shackles off to prison to do time. No one ever wins in tragedies like this. All one can continually hope and pray for is lessons are learned from the choices made to drive inebriated, as the results of each aftermath is thrown onto the shoulders of the ones on both sides left to grieve a loss and the memories of what once was, and for the accused, the lessons they will have to ender decades in a prison cell which in many cases is living hell on earth. A sad story all the way around in each factor of this case as with many others like it.

bowlerhat

Excellent verdict.

napa1957

No sympathy for this person's "mistake". Consciously decided to drive even though he had no license. Consciously decided to drink to the point where he was intoxicated. Consciously made the decision to move the passenger to the driver's seat (while she was breathing her last???) and then consciously decides to wait a bit before calling in the accident. I always wonder how defense attorneys sleep at night after asking for clemency in a situation like this.

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