A Vista Superior Court judge agreed Thursday to wait another six months before deciding whether to impose a one-year jail sentence on Evanna Marie Cavanaugh, the ailing Vista housewife who pleaded guilty to the 1985 shooting death of her brother.
Judge Herbert Hoffman said he would wait until July 7 before deciding if Cavanaugh, who is suffering from cancer, should serve time behind bars.
In July, 1987, Hoffman sentenced the 49-year-old Sunday school teacher and one-time Vista crime commissioner to one year in jail, but stayed the sentence for six months because of Cavanaugh's failing health. He also ordered her to perform 400 hours of community service work.
Cavanaugh is suffering from breast and bone cancer. Medical experts say patients like Cavanaugh, with advanced stages of the disease, are generally given less than a year to live.