In April 2014, a jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of guilt for Jorene Ypanto Nicolas in the distracted driving manslaughter death of a 23-year-old woman. At her retrial this week, Nicolas was poised to take a court deal that would have given her a year in jail, 500 hours of community service, five years probation and no prison time in exchange for a guilty plea. But instead the San Diego woman told Orange County Superior Court Judge Steven Bromberg on Wednesday that she wants a new lawyer, and the judge continued the retrial to April 24, when Nicholas will face a maximum six year prison sentence if she is convicted.
Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's office Jorene Ypanto Nicolas rolls the dice.
New lawyer? Sounds like Daniel Kim of the Orange County Public Defender's Office needed a new client.More »