STOCKTON, CA - Twenty-three-year-old Aushua McDuff-Brown was sentenced 22 years to life for hitting and killing a 3-year-old Stockton boy while trying to run over a woman with her car last year.
McDuff-Brown was convicted of second-degree murder with an enhancement for use of a deadly weapon (her car) in October in the Oct. 3, 2011 death of Ruben Ramirez. Jurors also found her guilty of hit and run resulting in death and the attempted murder of Shakara Daan, the woman she was fighting with and her intended target, according to the prosecution.
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Ramirez was pinned between McDuff-Brown's car and a mini-mart at 748 North Madison Street. McDuff-Brown fled the scene and was captured days later in Southern California.
Prosecutor Mark Ott with the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office said McDuff-Brown will serve nearly all of the 22 years before becoming eligible for parole, so the sentence she serves could be much longer, depending on parole decisions.
Five family members of the victim spoke out in court before sentencing, urging the judge to produce a just sentence.
McDuff-Brown broke down in tears once during those statements.