The Madera County district attorney said Wednesday he will oppose any form of a plea deal for alleged drunk driver Candice Ooley as she awaits a hearing in her case.
Ooley, 23 and pregnant, is being held in Madera County jail after allegedly causing a crash on Highway 41 on May 20, killing one man and injuring two others. She appeared in Madera County Superior Court on Wednesday where her attorney requested more time to gather medical records to prepare for the preliminary hearing, which was rescheduled to July 28.
Madera County District Attorney David Linn said, “We’re going to fight to keep that date and if her defense attorney can’t keep up with it, that’s their problem, not mine.”
Ooley faces charges of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter with gross bodily injury. She faces the possibility of more than 20 years in prison if convicted of all the charges.
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According to the California Highway Patrol, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze she was driving crashed into the rear of a 2006 Hummer H3 while authorities say she had a 0.32 percent blood alcohol content, four times the legal limit. The Hummer lost control and went off the road and down an embankment, killing 47-year-old Federico Duarte Nunez Silva of Lemoore.
About two weeks ago, Ooley’s bail was raised from $250,000 to $300,000.