Lyvette Crespo, who shot her husband to death will serve 90 days in jail, 500 hours of community service and five years of probation, under a plea agreement with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Crespo, the wife of former Bell Canyon mayor Daniel Crespo, testified that she was the victim of domestic violence, and was trying to protect herself and her adult son when she shot her husband.
Prosecutors agreed that there was some evidence to support Crespo’s claim of spousal abuse, and that factored into their decision to offer a plea deal. Lyvette Crespo pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, admitting that she had shot her husband three times in the chest following an argument that had turned violent.
Prosecutors told a grand jury that Daniel Crespo had had numerous extramarital affairs, which he did not attempt to hide from his wife and about which he had boasted to his co-workers. The couple’s son testified that on the night his father was killed, the elder Crespo had punched him in the face and knocked him down the stairs. He also testified to witnessing his father physically abuse his mother and sister. Prosecutors also presented text messages showing that Crespo had threatened his wife less than an hour before she shot him to death.
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