Alexia Cina, the woman accused of killing Saugus mother of six Katie Evans in a DUI crash last year, is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in state prison, a judge ruled, after she entered a “no contest” plea in court Monday.Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox.
Cina’s lawyer entered the plea around 11:15 a.m. to one charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
“You understand that a no contest plea will be treated like a guilty plea in the context of this case,” the judge asked her. “This is a serious felony you are pleading to.”
Cina said she understood the implications of the plea.
A no contest plea is treated as a guilty plea in the legal system, without the defendant admitting fault.
The 10 year sentence was part of a plea deal with prosecutors, who agreed to drop all other charges against Cina at sentencing: one felony count each of murder, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury.
“As the result of a negotiated plea today, the other counts will be dismissed at sentencing,” said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
On Oct. 6, 2017, Cina – who had a blood alcohol content of .21, according to Sheriff’s officials – struck and killed Katie Evans, a Saugus mother of six who was driving back to Santa Clarita from UCLA, where she was visiting her newborn twin daughters.
Evans was pronounced dead at the scene on Golden Valley Road, according to officials.
Toxicology reports indicate Cina had a blood alcohol content almost three times the legal limit of .08 at the time of the crash.
Evans left behind her husband and six children: four boys, ages 12, 11, 9 and 2, as well as the twin girls. Her husband, Jacob Evans, partnered with KHTS in December to create two drunk driving PSA videos.
Cina will return on July 6 for an official sentencing hearing. She is expected to serve 10 years in state prison. The judge also said no bail would be set in the meantime and Cina will remain in custody until her hearing.
Ed. Note: A previous version of this story misidentified which charges Cina pleaded no contest to. Her no contest plea is to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.
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