Lyvette Crespo, 43, was charged with manslaughter for shooting her husband Daniel Crespo, 45, who was a Southern California mayor. She was produced before a County Superior Court judge in Los Angeles and was held on a $150,000 bail. If found guilty, she will be sentenced for 21 years, according to Reuters.
Crespo’s attorney Eber Bayona said that over the years Lyvette and her children were physically abused by her husband. The mayor’s brother, William Crespo, denied the allegations.
According to the sheriff’s department, the wife and the husband were engaged in a heated argument when their 19-year-old son, Daniel Crespo Jr., intervened. He got physical with his father, and at the heat of the moment, the mayor’s wife grabbed a gun and shot her husband several times in the chest. The son called the authorities. The mayor died on the spot.
The son protected his mother, saying she was only defending herself. After the incident, Daniel and Lyvette was taken for interrogation.
The Mayor and Lyvette were high school lovers who were married for 29 years. Mayor Crespo also served as a Los Angeles County probation officer for more than 20 years.
Raised in a housing project in New York, he and his wife later moved to California. They also have a daughter.
An attorney said that both children favor their mother. The hearing of Lyvette Crespo is scheduled for May 29.