Cassandra Jenny Quintana

Police: After fight, woman hits other woman with car

A Billings woman on probation for hitting a friend with her car, breaking a bone, has been sentenced to the Department of Corrections for failing to comply with the terms of her probation.

Cassandra Jenny Quintana, 21, appeared Tuesday in Yellowstone County District Court. Judge Michael Moses sentenced her on one count of felony negligent vehicular assault to five years with the DOC, with two years suspended, and recommended she complete a treatment program.

In April, Quintana had received a six-year deferred sentence for the vehicular assault charge. At that time Moses also sentenced Quintana to six months suspended for misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Quintana intentionally hit her friend with her car in August 2016 after drinking with the woman for several hours and then fighting with her, charging documents say. The woman was later treated for a broken bone.

Prosecutors argued on Tuesday that Quintana had been given a chance to turn her life around when she received the deferred sentence earlier this year but failed to take advantage of that by using drugs, missing appointments with her probation officer and failing to prove she began parenting, chemical dependency and high school equivalency courses.

Quintana’s defense attorney said one of those missed appointments happened when she was in the hospital. Quintana is pregnant.

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Justice Reporter

Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.