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Cop Pleads Guilty, Gets 20 Years For Drunk Driving Death

By Carol Cavazos, CBS 11 News
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Jesus Cisneros (credit: Tarrant Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

Jesus Cisneros (credit: Tarrant Co. Sheriff’s Dept.)

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A former Fort Worth police officer is awaiting his fate after pleading guilty to killing a woman last year.

Former officer Jesus Cisneros entered the guilty plea Thursday for the death of Sonia Baker.  Cisneros was driving drunk when he hit the 27-year-old last December.

Cisneros told the court on day four of the trial that he ‘had an epiphany’ and was changing his plea to guilty.  He was emotional from the time he took the stand, and said he never meant to cause the accident.  “And I did not intend to use my vehicle as a deadly weapon. But it still happened, and I killed somebody.”

He broke down as he described how he felt about the accident.  “I killed somebody from my actions that night. And I take.. full… resp… responsibility for that.”

Prosecutors told jurors Cisneros has twice the legal blood alcohol level in his system the night of the accident.

Baker’s mother, Stella Lopez, told the court about that night last year.  “My family members were there.  They had to hold me down.  I lost my baby. I lost my baby that night.”  She added what it was like to have to tell Baker’s two children their mother was gone.  “I told them that a man in a car hit mommy and it
broke her head and she had to be with Jesus.”

Three of Cisneros’ family members also took the stand.  His sister, brother and his wife.  Each begged the jury to give Cisneros probation.

Late Thursday afternoon the jury ruled to give the maximum punishment to Cisneros, 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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