Man Sentenced for 2010 Deadly Hit and Run Accident

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

A deadly Halloween hit and run that killed a Carlsbad mother has put the man behind the wheel in jail for the next 15 years.

A judge sentenced Gilbert Melendrez, Junior on Wednesday.

It only took the jury an hour to convict him last month for killing 24-year-old Leora Jean Dyess back in 2010.

Dyess was walking a group of trick or treaters, including her two kids, across the street when Melendrez hit her and took off.

The nine children witnessed the whole thing.