Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros is a 19-year-old illegal immigrant who was involved in a fatal hit and run car accident where two sisters sisters were killed when the vehicle ran over the leaf pile they were playing within. Although a jury found her guilty of two counts of felony hit and run, Garcia-Cisneros will not be deported or face prison time. Instead, she was sentenced to three years’ probation and 250 hours of community service and has been released from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Garcia-Cisneros and her boyfriend reportedly ran over the leaf pile for “fun” and even after learning she had struck children she failed to report her crime. Police had to track her down the next day. The woman testified in court she thought she’d hit a rock, but instead she’d fatally hit 6-year-old Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and 11-year-old Abigail Robinson. The boyfriend was sentenced to a 13 month jail term for hindering the prosecution and he told police he took their vehicle to a car wash the day after the crash in order to clean up the SUV.
The reason that Garcia-Cisneros did not receive a prison sentence was because the family of the two girls decided to forgive the woman for her crimes. Susan Dieter-Robinson and her husband Tom Robinson instead told the jduge she didn’t want Garcia-Cisnerso to spend any more time in jail and they wanted her to live a life that honored the memory of their girls:
“Today is like any other day without our girls. Through our grief we have chosen to love and celebrate the joy that they have brought into our lives and the lives of so many others. We don’t want Anna and Abigail’s lives to be remember[ed] by the tragedy, but rather by the love story they are all teaching us to live.”
Although Garcia-Cisneros was one of the illegal immigrant children that have become so controversial, she had temporary permission to be in the country through the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that was created by one of President Obama’s executive orders. After the penalty for the hit and run case was reduced to probation, ICE needed to decide whether to deport the woman.
Reportedly, an immigration judge dropped the case and ICE spokespeople would not give a reason, citing privacy issues. Although she can still be deported if she commits another crime or leaves the country, Garcia-Cisneros may now obtain a work permit, a driver’s license, and can apply for a Social Security number. As part of the restorative justice program, Garcia-Cisneros will “speak to young people in schools, churches and other venues” and volunteer with afterschool program for girls.