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Calif. Woman Gets 11 Years in Car Chase

By RobotGod     Feb 27, 2007 in Crime
An Oakland woman was sentenced to 11 years in prison Monday for killing her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend by repeatedly ramming the vehicle they were riding in during a high-speed car chase.
Laura Medina, 23, tearfully apologized during her sentencing in Alameda County Superior Court, saying she sometimes wished she were dead instead of Michelle Dickerson, who was 18 when she died in the June 2004 crash.
"I meant no harm," said Medina, the mother of a 9-year-old son. "I never meant to hurt Michelle, and I'm sorry."
She initially was charged with murder and assault, but pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in last month. With credit for time served, she will be eligible for parole in about seven years.
Dickerson's mother, Dolly Babcock, before the sentencing said "this irresponsible and senseless crime" devastated her family. "Because of your stupid and irresponsible choices, I'm without my daughter forever, and let me tell you, it's a horrible and empty feeling."
Medina became enraged on June 22, 2004, when she spotted her ex-boyfriend riding in a car with Dickerson, then she began chasing their car at speeds up to 90 mph. Medina repeatedly rammed the vehicle with her Buick during the 10-mile chase from Oakland to Castro Valley, finally causing it to spin out into a row of parked cars and killing Dickerson.
Sad and stupid. Jealousy. What she did, she chose to do, quite on purpose at that time. In effect she became a several ton killing machine aimed directly at the other car. I think she got off to lightly. It makes me sick. That other family will never get their daughter back.
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