Jury Sentences Kaily Rosales to Six Years Behind Bars

By Camaron Abundes   
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- The verdict and sentencing seemed bitter sweet for the family of 53-year-old Patricia Hochman. Hochman died last June when Kaily Rosales, then 17, crossed the median in her SUV on Loop 250 and hit Hochman's car head on.

"I've lost my purpose in life. Pasty was my purpose to life for me," Hochman's widower, Michael Hochman said at Monday's sentencing.

A Midland Jury found Kaily Rosales guilty of manslaughter, not intoxicated manslaughter on Friday. The prosecution argued Rosales smoked marijuana before getting behind the wheel last June.

"They can not let people get away with this type of behavior." Michael Hochman said he wanted to see the jury give the teen a tougher punishment but said he is happy Rosales was not granted probation.

"Patsy brought kindness and love to the world and we need more people like that." Hochman said his wife of 33 years was a nurse and mother of two daughters.

Hochman said he hopes other drivers and family's learn from this tragedy.

"I don't want anybody to ever feel what I feel today or what I've been feeling for the last ten months and what I will feel for the rest of my life," he said.

During the hearing Rosales walked by Newswest 9 Cameras. When asked if she wanted to say anything she said only, "That I am sorry."

The defense team brought up Rosales' difficult childhood. The young girl was victimized by her Stepfather who is serving a 30 year sentence for the crime. Rosales testified that he introduced her to drugs when she was just 11 years old and that she used drugs to cope.

"It really hurt her, she does regret it, she feels bad for what happened," Anette Trevino, Rosales mother-in-law, said. "It's going to be hard, she is going to have to live with this for the rest of her life."

Hochman told NewsWest 9 he hopes Rosales can turn her life around when she leaves prison.