An attempt to resolve charges against a husband and wife accused in the hit-and-run death of a USC student earlier this year broke down Friday when the couple rejected a deal that would have sent them to prison for several years.
Under the proposal, Josue Luna would have been sentenced to six years in prison and his wife, Claudia Cabrera, to four years, a defense lawyer confirmed.
Attorney Jeffrey Benice, who represents Luna, said his client is willing to serve more time than he ordinarily would in return for a reduced sentence for his wife. But he said the proposal made by prosecutors was unacceptable.
Authorities allege that Cabrera was driving and Luna was a passenger when their car allegedly ran a red light and struck Adrianna Bachan and Marcus Garfinkle in a crosswalk near USC on March 29. Bachan, 18, was killed. Garfinkle, 19, was badly injured.