A 61-year-old Somers Point woman whose 2007 vehicular homicide conviction was reversed in connection with the 2004 death of a Somers Point teenager, entered a guilty plea today to second-degree vehicular homicide, third-degree leaving the scene of a fatal accident and Driving While Intoxicated, and faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced later this month, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated.
In accordance with the plea agreement, Paula Cicchinelli must serve five years, one month and six days or 85-percent of the six-year prison term for vehicular homicide before parole eligibility, for the Nov. 16, 2004, hit and run death of 18-year-old Nickolas Marvel. In addition, Cicchinelli must serve four years in prison to run consecutive to the six-year prison term for leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Upon release from prison, the defendant will be subject to three years of parole supervision and up to a 10-year license suspension. Ciccinelli has already served two years, eight months and three weeks in prison, according to Assistant Prosecutor Diane Ruberton, who represents the state.
During the plea hearing Cicchinelli admitted that she drove recklessly and caused the death of Nickolas Marvel. She also admitted drinking wine that evening and that the drinking impaired her ability to drive and contributed to the crash, Assistant Prosecutor Ruberton said.
The defendant will be sentenced on March 22 at 10:30 a.m. before Judge Donio.