Patchogue woman sentenced to 9 months in jail for death of anti-gang activist
A Patchogue woman was sentenced to nine months in jail in the death of anti-gang activist Evelyn Rodriguez.
Ann Marie Drago was convicted last year of criminally negligent homicide.
Video of the incident back in September 2018 was captured by News 12 outside the Brentwood home of Drago's mother.
Rodriguez and her partner, Freddie Cuevas, confronted her after becoming angry that she had taken down a memorial for their daughter allegedly murdered by MS-13. In the video, a vehicle driven by Drago can be seen running over Rodriguez.
The defense argued that Drago had feared for her safety and was suffering from psychological disorders from an assault years prior.
The judge said Rodriguez's death was completely unnecessary, and that Drago is ultimately the one who is responsible in this case.
Drago told the court she takes responsibility for the accident that occurred that day.
Drago was sentenced to nine months behind bars and six months for petit larceny and criminal mischief charges. The sentence will run concurrently.
Kelsey Cuevas says she lives everyday with the pain of losing her mother, and she let Drago know.
"I just wanted her to know that you caused more pain and suffering than what we were already going through," says Kelsey Cuevas.
Drago's attorney says that they will appeal.
During victim impact statements, Kelsey said, "You are a monster in my eyes and a greedy murderer."
Freddy Cuevas says as far his family is concerned, justice has been served. He hoped that Thursday served as a "day of healing and closure."
Drago's defense attorney Stephen Kunken calls his client's sentence disappointing. He says there are important legal issues surrounding the top charge in this case.
"I think there are real questions as to whether her actions makes out the legal definition of criminally negligent homicide," says Kunken.
The defense says they will ask the judge to release Drago on bail while they file an appeal.