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Long Island Woman Sentenced For Negligent Homicide Against Anti-Gang Activist

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A Long Island woman was sentenced on Thursday to nine months in prison for the 2018 death of anti-gang activist Evelyn Rodriquez.

Last year, a jury convicted Ann Marie Drago of criminally negligent homicide.

Drago had faced up to four years in prison for running over Rodriguez with her car.

The two women had gotten into a dispute at the site of a memorial for Rodriguez’s daughter, Kayla Cuevas.

Cuevas and a friend were killed by MS-13 gang members.

Rodriguez became an anti-gang activist, and drew support from then-President Donald Trump.

Drago had claimed she suffered from PTSD and feared for her life during the dispute with Rodriquez.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.