A New Mexico woman has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for causing a fatal wreck near Clovis in November 2011.
Guadalupe Flores was convicted of second-degree murder and five counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Judge Steven Quinn also ordered Flores to serve at least 85 percent of her sentence before she is eligible for parole.
The conviction stems from two incidents. In February 2011, Flores was arrested and charged for ramming her boyfriend's vehicle several times with her SUV. In November 2011, Flores and the boyfriend again fought, which led to a car chase. They went several miles westbound, down US 60/84 towards Cannon Air Force Base. During the chase, the defendant rammed the rear end of the victim's vehicle several times. A passenger, 26-year-old Brandon Vann, was ejected and killed. Three passengers were injured.
A crash reconstruction expert from the Clovis Police Department estimated the final impact at approximately 82 miles per hour.
Upon the completion of her 18-year prison sentence, Flores must serve five years of supervised probation, and pay full restitution to the victims of the crash, to include medical and funeral expenses.