A lady who was driving drunk after an evening out with coworkers in Kearny Mesa and fatally struck a colleague whereas attempting to forestall her from getting behind the wheel was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in state jail.
Latisha Ingram, 35, was convicted final yr of second-degree homicide and different costs within the demise of Ha Minh Ta, 25, on June 27, 2019, who had labored at a Financial institution of America department in Clairemont.
In accordance with prosecutors, Ingram’s blood alcohol content material was .18%, greater than double the authorized restrict for driving in California. She was charged with homicide as a result of she had a 2010 DUI conviction in Orange County.
Ingram and Ta joined two different coworkers for an after dinner drink and the defendant determined to drive dwelling regardless that they “begged him, begged him to not drive,” in response to Assistant District Lawyer Phillippa Cunningham.
Prosecutors mentioned that after 20 minutes of attempting to persuade Ingram to not drive dwelling drunk, Ta grabbed onto his automobile as he accelerated. It was dragged a ways earlier than falling underneath the tires.
Ingram’s lawyer, Monique Carter, argued at trial that her shopper was not responsible of homicide as a result of she had no concept that the sufferer had grabbed onto her automobile.
At Ingram’s sentencing listening to, statements had been learn from Ta’s brother and father, saying that Ta was the only real supplier for his mother and father, who suffered from medical issues.
The sufferer’s older brother, Truc Ta, who was attending medical faculty and away from the household on the time of Ta’s demise, wrote that the very last thing his brother mentioned to his mom was to vow to “return dwelling as quickly as you made positive your supervisor did not drive whereas intoxicated. ”
Truc Ta mentioned that Ingram “has taken all the pieces that has introduced me happiness and motivated me in life,” noting that the mom of the brothers died about three months after their youngest son. She wrote that she had been recognized with most cancers a number of years earlier, however after her son died, she “misplaced the need to reside” and stopped receiving chemotherapy.
Carter urged San Diego Superior Courtroom Decide Peter Deddeh to notice that he solely noticed a quick glimpse of his shopper’s life and character through the trial and that “outdoors of the horrible occasions of that night time,” Ingram was liked by her family and friends. .
Amongst a number of character letters despatched by lots of Ingram’s family members, the decide highlighted one specifically that described Ingram as an excellent listener, one thing he mentioned was not obvious on the night time of Ta’s demise.
“Your pals had been attempting to handle you as a result of, firstly, they did not need you to be arrested, and secondly, they did not need you to harm anybody,” Deddeh advised Ingram. “He did not take the nice recommendation his mates had been giving him.”
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