On Monday Kimberly Kay Carson plead guilty to Felony Firearm Smuggling and was sentenced to 15 years out of a maximum sentence of 20 years. Carson was one of four people who had been arrested earlier this year in connection of the death of local 12-year-old Jose Hernandez.
District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson told KBest News, “There was some contention because this was the case that involved the 12-year-old young man who was fatally injured during the course of this thing, and in front of the Grand Jury, and all along, we have wrestled with the concept of the felony murder rule and how to apply it versus applying it to the felony firearm smuggling case.”
Ultimately, it was concluded that the Felony Firearm Smuggling case would be the strongest case to pursue and she was given a stiff sentence of 15 years out of the maximum of 20 years.
According to District Attorney Wilkerson, Carson “will be sent to where the original burglary was committed and now she can look at what they’re going to do with her in addition to what we did.“
The other people who had been arrested with connection of the death of Jose Hernandez are Cody Alan Wingo, Christopher Yanez, and Cindy Manchado Lopez, all of whom were also charged with Felony Firearm Smuggling.