Fresno State students protest plea deal in farm death case

FRESNO, Calif.

17-year-old Maria Isabel Vasquez-Jimenez was pregnant when she died from heat stroke after collapsing in a vineyard near Stockton. Last week, her family and supporters launched a campaign to convince the judge in the case to dismiss a plea bargain with two people charged with her death.

Under the agreement, the defendants would be sentenced to probation and community service. A hearing is set for March 9th in San Joaquin County Court.

The day of action at Fresno State started about 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Free Speech Area. The United Farm Workers and community groups are planning vigils outside the courthouse in Stockton Monday and Tuesday.

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