Susan Gladding’s emotional statement to the court during sentencing of husband’s killer
An 18-year-old Fresno woman pleaded no contest Monday for her role in destroying evidence in connection with the hit-and-run death of Clovis Unified administrator Gavin Gladding.
Fernanda Jakeline Lopez pleaded no contest to a felony accessory charge and a misdemeanor for destroying evidence, said Fresno County Assistant District Attorney Steve Wright.
Gladding, 43, was killed Sept. 16 on Friant Road after he was struck by a car while he was jogging. He was training for a marathon at the time of the crash.
The driver of the vehicle, later identified by police as Rogelio Alvarez Maravilla, sped away from the scene. Lopez helped Alvarez Maravilla - her boyfriend - destroy evidence tying him to the crash. A third person, Moises Antonio Valdez Guerrero, also tried to cover up evidence linking the car to the deadly crash, according to authorities.
According to court records, after the crash, Valdez Guerrero took Alvarez Maravilla’s truck to a glass repair shop the morning of Sept. 16, and Lopez paid for the work. Cellphones collected from the trio by law enforcement also showed they had returned to the scene of the crime that morning.
Valdez Guerrero earlier this month was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to enroll in an electronic monitoring program.
Lopez is scheduled for sentencing May 15, prosecutors said. The judge made mention of Lopez facing possible probation, Wright said, but there was no indication of the specified length for probation.