Amy Cabbel sentenced to life in prison

February 16, 2013 12:15:37 AM PST
A mother's plea couldn't save her daughter from a lifetime in prison with no chance to ever get out because of the part she played in a "date bait" murder.

It's a story Action News broke almost three years ago and now, four people have been sentenced to prison time. The two girls used as bait to lure men from a bar to a robbery both struck deals and got 11 years in prison. The accused gunman got life in prison without parole.

And the woman, who drove everybody to the bar, got the same stiff sentence despite an emotional plea from her mother. Amy Cabbel cried on her attorney's shoulder Friday after learning she'll spend the rest of her life in prison for a murder she didn't even witness.

The tears continued as her mother tried to defend Cabbel's character. My daughter is a good girl," said Olga Torres. "She's a good mother. She's a good sister." But prosecutors say she was also a good planner when it came to this crime.

The 25-year-old drove Princess Hernandez and Sonia Miranda to a bar three years ago. The two younger girls were told to lure men outside, where Victor Guerrero and another man would rob them.

But after they found their target, the girls left with a different driver. Cabbel followed for a while, then disappeared.

"She stopped following and left," said her attorney Eric Green. "[She] left the scene of the case, never to be heard from again until the bitter end." Prosecutors say the robbery took place a couple hours later.

One man got stabbed, another was shot and killed. A judge sentenced the accused gunman, Victor Guerrero, to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

And because the murder happened as a result of a felony in which Cabbel took part, she received the same sentence -- a punishment her mother just couldn't understand.

"It's heartbreaking for me as a mother to see my daughter, you know, being innocent of all these crimes and seeing my little granddaughters crying for her and her saying, 'Mom, I'm innocent,'" Torres said. Princess Hernandez and Sonia Miranda both took plea deals in the case and testified against Cabbel and Guerrero.

Cabbel's attorney told Action News prosecutors never offered his client any deal.


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