Wife of Slain Bell Gardens Mayor Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail, Probation in His Fatal Shooting

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A judge Friday sentenced the wife of slain Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo to 90 days in jail and five years of probation for his killing — putting a coda on a case defined by allegations of betrayal, violence and fury.

Lyvette Crespo is seen in court on Friday, May 29, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Lyvette Crespo is seen in court on Friday, May 29, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The sentencing came after Lyvette Crespo, who told authorities that she was a battered wife and that she shot her husband to keep him from hurting their son, negotiated a plea with prosecutors.

In issuing her ruling, Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy called the case a “case study” in the “pain, hurt and scaring” caused by domestic violence.

“This was bound to end in tragedy,” she said. “I believe that she was abused throughout their marriage. I don’t think it warrants a prison sentence.”

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