SAN DIEGO - A woman who pushed a man she'd been dating over a fence to the concrete below, killing him, is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday at the downtown courthouse.
Georgette Cervantes, 59, pleaded guilty last month to involuntary manslaughter and agreed to a four-year prison term. Under a new state law, Cervantes will serve one year in local custody and spend three years under supervision, according to Deputy District Attorney Karl Husoe. The defendant will also be ordered to stay away from the crime scene for the next 10 years.
Around 9:20 p.m. last Oct. 2, paramedics were called to treat a severely injured man found lying on the sidewalk outside a home in the 3700 block of Franklin Avenue. The 50-year-old man -- identified as John Osmer—later died of his injuries.
When officers went to question Cervantes, who lives in the home, she refused to cooperate and holed up in the residence.
Earlier that day, the defendant's brother heard his sister arguing in the back of the residence and saw her wielding a pipe, Husoe said. The defendant—who was standing near the victim at the time—threw the pipe at her brother, then went back inside the home, the prosecutor said.
Later that day, Osmer was leaving the residence by climbing over a 5- to 6-foot fence—as was his custom—when the defendant approached from behind and pushed him over to the other side, breaking his neck, Husoe said. Amotive for the crime was not disclosed.
Shortly after 4 a.m. the following day, SWAT officers entered the home and took Cervantes into custody, Police also escorted the suspect's mother out of the home, though she was not arrested.