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10-year sentence for woman in 'Bonnie and Clyde' crime spree

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A young woman who took part in a series of armed holdups and assaults with her 40-year-old husband, who died in a Halloween gun battle with San Diego police two years ago, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in state prison.

Cindy Altamirano Garcia, 20, pleaded guilty in September to a carjacking at College Grove and assault with a semiautomatic weapon on a peace officer. Her husband, Philip Hernandez, was shot and killed in a shootout with police in 2012 after a crime spree that included the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer and the shooting of a retired officer, who suffered a brain injury and PTSD.

Garcia's attorney says she was a victim of sex trafficking, and that she was being sexually abused and manipulated by her husband. She broke down in tears as her mother apologized in court Friday.

"I am very sorry for all of this. If I could change places with her and give my life, I would do it," her mother said.

"She ducked her head. She crossed the line that day from observer to active participant. She is very sorry," Garcia's attorney Courtney Cutter said Friday.

"She did what she was told," Cutter said, admitting Garcia crossed the line when she put a gun to the head of the carjacking victim.

Before the fatal shootout, Hernandez put a gun in Garcia's lap, according to Cutter.

"She wanted no part of it," Cutter said. "This is not Bonnie and Clyde. Without Philip Hernandez, none of this would have happened."


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