WICHITA — Maria Reyes faces another 23 months in prison after today's sentencing by Sedgwick County District Judge David Kaufman.
Prosecutors said Reyes, 35, pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter and possession of cocaine. Prosecutors say she set up a robbery in which one of the four robbers killed Gonzalo Gomez, her husband. Kaufman declared a mistrial in Reyes' April first-degree murder trial when jurors could not reach a verdict.
A no-contest plea does not admit guilt but recognizes the state has sufficient evidence to win a conviction at trial.
Kaufman sentenced Reyes to 61 months total, but she has already served more than three years in the Sedgwick County Jail since Gomez's death in May 2007. She could have nine months taken from her sentence with a good-time credit through the Department of Corrections, Kaufman said.
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Gomez's family asked that Reyes be punished to the full extent of the law, said 17-year-old Eduardo Munoz-Gomez, Gomez's nephew, who spoke for the family at the sentencing. Kaufman said 67 months was the longest possible sentence.
"Sorry is not enough," Reyes said tearfully, as she spoke to Gomez's family. "No amount of time in prison will bring him back."