Woman Admits Quadruple Crash Deaths

Judge originally declared a mistrial in Deanna Fridley's trial

By Michelle Wayland
|  Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012  |  Updated 7:32 PM PDT
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Woman Admits Quadruple Crash Deaths

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Deanna Fridley cried in court on Wednesday.

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Woman Admits Quadruple Crash Deaths

Deanna Fridley, 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing four people as they drove home from Pala Casino and will be sentenced to 18 years in prison. The victim's daughter, Jessica Desantiago,said she needed answers and Deputy District Attorney Brenda Daly called it one of the most heart-wrenching cases she's ever had to deal with. Mari Payton reports.
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A woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing four people as they drove home from Pala Casino and will be sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

A judge originally declared a mistrial in the case against Deanna Fridley, 26.

On Tuesday at her retrial, Fridley pleaded guilty to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for each person who died, driving under the influence and causing injury to her passenger.

Prosecutors claimed the 26-year-old was drunk and high on methamphetamine when she drove a Yukon Denali into oncoming traffic on state Route 76 near the Pala Casino in 2007.

The car hit a Toyota Camry, which burst into flames, killing four people inside.

In the first trial, jurors were deadlocked 11-1 in favor of convicting Fridley. One of the jurors could not agree that Fridley was behind the wheel of the SUV at the time of the crash.

Sentencing is scheduled for February 22.

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