A Paradise Hills woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter after the pit bulls she owned mauled a neighbor who later died was sentenced Monday to four years in prison.
Alba Cornelio is in the hospital so her sentencing was postponed until April 8. She suffers from a heart condition and leukemia, attorneys in the case have said. Like her daughter, she faces four years in prison.
The victim, Emako Mendoza, was in her backyard on Alleghany Street the morning of June 18, 2011, when she was attacked. The dogs entered the yard through a gap in a fence that separated the two properties.
The Cornelios had come to the neighbors’ door that morning asking to retrieve the dogs from the yard. Moments later, James Mendoza found his wife lying in her garden.
Emako Mendoza’s injuries were so severe that she had to have her left arm and leg amputated. Doctors tried to save the limbs on her right side, but were unable to after they became infected.