January 27, 2008
Glendale, Ca. (Weekly Vice) -- A 31 year old Burbank woman who pushed a parking lot attendant to his subsequent death was sentenced for manslaughter. The outrage is that she will never spend a day in jail over it.
A Burbank Superior Court Judge ordered Hilda Voskanian to 120 days of house arrest and ordered her to complete 2,000 hours of community service after she pushed a parking lot attendant who suffered a head injury and later died.
The other absolutely crazy part of this story is that the entire dispute occurred over a $5 parking fee that Voskanian refused to pay. Ms. Voskanian pushed Pedro Dorado of Hollywood, California who hit his head in the fall. He later checked himself into a local hospital, but slipped into a coma and died.
Attorneys for Voskanian had requested home detention for the woman because she is currently pregnant. The Judge complied, but tacked on substantial community service requirements to make up for the jail time.
Assistant District Atty. Ana Lopez said those [the pregnancy] are factors that should not have been considered and pushed for a tougher sentence than the home detention, which she felt would amount to nothing more than a watered-down version of the justice she sought.
“The fact that she’s currently pregnant does nothing to make her less dangerous. She’s married to a responsible man, who is fully capable of taking care of a 16-month-old child, and she will be given medical treatment every day to care for her pregnancy. She has to be punished for what she did. Home arrest would be meaningless,” said the Asst. District Attorney in the case.
Ms. Voskanian voiced her regret for her actions:
“I’m truly sorry for what happened to Mr. Dorado,” Ms. Voskanian said. “I feel terrible knowing that if [I] paid $5, he would still be alive. I have to live with this for the rest of my life.
If being in custody would bring Mr. Dorado back that would be one thing, but I believe I can do more in the community,” Voskanian added.
Voskanian was also ordered to pay more than $5,000 in court fines and about $8,500 to Dorado’s children to cover funeral and travel costs. She must also attend anger management classes and is on probation for 60 days.
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