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San Bruno Man Who Killed Woman, 60, Sentenced to Nine Years

Mitnesh Reddy ran a red light in Nov. 2011 when he struck and killed Sondra Gentile.

A 23-year-old San Bruno man today was sentenced to nine years in prison for drinking and causing a crash that killed 60-year-old Sondra Gentile in November 2011.

Mitnesh Reddy was immediately remanded into custody this morning after receiving his sentence, prompting an outburst of shock and protest from about 20 of the defendant's family members and friends who attended the hearing, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Judge Mark Forcum was forced to clear the courtroom in order for proceedings to continue, Wagstaffe said.

Two of Gentile's brothers and a representative from Mothers Against Drunk Driving testified at the emotional hearing, Wagstaffe said.

On Nov. 6, 2011, at about 3:50 a.m., Gentile, a San Bruno resident, was turning onto El Camino Real from Interstate Highway 380 when Reddy ran a stoplight and broadsided her vehicle, according to San Bruno police.

Gentile died from her injuries at the scene.

Reddy left the scene of the crash, but police tracked his car to his home, where he was arrested that same day.

Investigators later determined that Reddy had been driving while under the influence of alcohol, and in November 2012, he pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter and felony drunk driving.

At his sentencing this morning, defense attorneys David Franklin and Laura Torres said that Reddy was "very sorry" and had been seeking treatment for alcohol addiction, Wagstaffe said.

Reddy could have faced a sentence of more than 11 years, he said.

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Monique January 04, 2013 at 10:46 AM
This is my neighbor he is a good guy people make mistakes ...i pray for both familys...blessings
Cathy W January 04, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Mistakes, Monique??? Forgetting to pick up milk on the way home is a mistake. Drinking and driving? Running a red light? Fleeing the scene of a serious accident you caused in which the person you hit is either seriously injured or dead?? I'd love to see what you consider a "bad guy"....
Joey January 05, 2013 at 01:25 AM
That's my brother he's a solider it was a accident for all you people talkn shit fuck you
Cathy W January 05, 2013 at 06:20 AM
I think I'm gonna have to go with "Don't feed the trolls" here. But what is a solider anyway?
Judy January 06, 2013 at 01:25 AM
It's just his age. Very common behavior, "It won't happen to me". Hopefully, this tragedy will open the eyes of all young adults. Blessings to both families.
Judy January 06, 2013 at 01:26 AM
This message is for San Bruno Patch. Bad language shouldn't be allowed.
Monique January 06, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Cathy so i assume you are perfect ...never made a mistake in your life...my son was killed 6 months ago and i still say people make mistakes ...they have to answer to GOD not US
Ratu January 08, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Judy looks like you never make mistake ha. I believe you need to stop being so rude.
Cathy W January 08, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Did I say I was perfect, Monique? No. I am, however, not evil. Mitnesh Reddy IS evil. Evil people make mistakes too. That does not mean they are not evil.
Judy January 09, 2013 at 05:13 AM
Ratu. Sorry you misunderstood my comment.
Chapan Jhuri January 12, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Spoiled rich kid reckless and irresponsible parents should've been more strict instead of letting him do wat he wants get drunk kill someone than run to mommy and daddy to hide I say he got way less he should've gotten Atlest 15 years or even more
Monique January 16, 2013 at 09:48 AM
He ain't evil Ms.Cathy he is a good person I could bet you a million someone in your family has done way worse so stop fronting like you all goody goody cause people like you try to build they self up by making others look bad I have seen your kind before. .like I said my son was MURDERED that don't make the person who did it evil. .it's other words to describe it ...you people really are FAKE
Denise January 29, 2013 at 08:27 PM
To both families - I am deeply feeling the great losses for both, a mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and a young son, brother, nephew, friend ....this is extrememly distrubing in both situations. I keep both families in deep prayer.

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