Nampa man sent to prison for vehicular manslaughter

Idaho StatesmanAugust 6, 2013 

Freddy Camacho Quezada

— Freddy O. Camacho Quezada, 22, will spend at least a year and a half in prison, following sentencing Tuesday by Canyon County Third District Judge Bradly Ford.

If he isn't released on parole, he could face up to 10 years behind bars.

Camacho pleaded guilty in May to vehicular manslaughter. He was arrested Dec. 15 after a passenger in his 2003 BMW, 15-year-old Stephanie Rodriguez of Nampa was killed after the the car left the road and rolled several times.

Police said Camacho failed to stop at a stop sign on Lake Avenue in Nampa. The driver lost control, overcorrected and drove off the road. The car came to a stop on its top in a dry canal.

Camacho and six passengers were hospitalized. A ninth passenger did not require hospital care.

Ford followed the recommendation of Kimberlee Bratcher, the deputy Canyon County prosecutor who handled the case. The defense asked Ford to place Camacho on probation or to sentence him to retained jurisdiction.

"This was an extremely sad case," Bratcher said.

She said Camacho will be placed in a prison program to help him address his problems with substance abuse.

The death toll could have been much higher, she said, if the car had landed in the canal during the irrigation season when it's full of water.

Family members of Rodriquez did not address the judge during the sentencing hearing. Bratcher said they were still too broken up over Stephanie's death to comment.

"it's still hard for them," she said.

John Sowell: 377-6423

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