Former UF Student Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Deadly Hit-and-Run
Published April 25th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - A former University of Florida student has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for her role in a deadly hit-and-run crash last year.
Jessica "Paige" Becerra, 23, was on her way to a friend's house after a night of drinking last June, when she ran a red light and smashed into a bike-rider, Rebecca Harris, 20.
While the accident occurred on Archer Road close to Shands Hospital, Becerra didn't stop to help and instead kept on driving. Harris later died in the hospital.
On Wednesday, Becerra plead guilty to one charge of leaving an accident involving a death, a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
After hearing from members of both families, Judge Martha Lott sentenced Becerra to seven-and-a-half years in prison followed by another seven years of probation.
"We wanted her to spend time in prison, because we think that she's got some things that she's got to work out," said James Harris, the victim's father, after court had been dismissed. "If she had not gone to prison, she just never would have gotten to where she needs to go."
As part of her probation, Becerra's driver's license will be revoked for three years following her release from prison. She will also have to complete 100 hours of community service.
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