Oklahoma City woman gets deferred sentence in case involving man's death

by Matt Dinger Published: February 21, 2014
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A woman who ran over a man with a pickup was given a 10-year deferred sentence Friday.

Maria Guadalupe Rodriguez, 27, was charged in July 2012 in Oklahoma County District Court with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Rodriguez, who was arrested on a murder complaint, was not charged with murder or manslaughter in the June 17, 2012, death of Delgado Jose Uriel Ontiveros, 25. Prosecutors said his actions played the largest part in his death and that her crime was fleeing the scene.

Prosecutors sought a five-year suspended sentence in the case, but District Judge Donald Deason accepted her lawyer’s proposed deferred sentence.

“I don’t see anything that would be accomplished by a felony conviction in this case,” he said.

Rodriguez wept openly before sentencing, telling the judge, “I’m sorry about what happened that night.”

Rodriguez, who is married to another man, told police Ontiveros held her captive for more than an hour before she was finally able to drive away from his house in the 3000 block of S Klein Avenue, after a night of drinking and dancing, according to a probable cause affidavit.

She told police Ontiveros grabbed onto the pickup and tried to open the door as she drove away. Ontiveros, she said, hung onto the pickup while she drove down the street. He then dropped from the vehicle and was run over, according to the affidavit.

Ontiveros was found lying in the street near his house and died at OU Medical Center.

Rodriguez said she drove to a convenience store to call 911 from a pay telephone, telling the dispatcher to send someone to check on Ontiveros because he was lying in the street and looked like he was dead, police reported.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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