Her name in Jessica Cuevas, and because she was drunk as she drove her vehicle with an off-duty sheriff's deputy as her passenger, she crashed and the deputy died.
Cuevas, who was facing a murder charge (which carries 15 years) because as a barmaid she had a unique responsibility to know better than to drive drunk, pleaded guilty to DUI with gross vehicular manslaughter.
Instead, Cuevas got 10 years in prison, which is still no picnic.
The defense tried to argue that the deputy, Jason Peters, actually caused the crash because he was "groping" Cuevas as she drove her Honda in Lake Elsinore, Ca. on May 5, 2008.
The two had been drinking heavily in a motel room before the crash.
The Honda clipped an electrical box and struck a tree at 50 mph.
"Jason Peters caued the accident," the defense attorney said. "Why is it murder?"