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Fode gets five years probation for role in LA woman's death

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Court> Sentencing hearing is emotional

By Tris DeRoma

There were no winners in District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson’s courtroom Wednesday as Steve Fode, the man convicted for his role in the death of a 71-year-old Los Alamos woman this past summer, was sentenced.
The victim, Emily Mares-Lang, was struck and killed by Fode’s pickup truck July 16 of this year when Fode backed his truck up on Main Street in an attempt to turn around. Mares-Lang was on the street’s crosswalk when Fode’s truck struck her. She later died of her injuries at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.
According to a plea deal worked out between the district attorney’s office and Fode’s defense attorney, Marc Edwards, Fode pled no contest to homicide with a vehicle by reckless driving. He will placed on five years of supervised probation, and take defensive driving classes. He will also be required to perform 48 hours of community service.
If Fode does what is required of him by the state, then after two years he could be released from his probation.
After the sentencing, Edwards remarked that was probably the best outcome for everyone involved under the circumstances.


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