LI Woman Found Guilty Of Killing Anti-Gang Activist Evelyn Rodriguez

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March 11, 2020 - 3:17 pm
AnnMarie Drago

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CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A Long Island nurse was found guilty Wednesday of killing Evelyn Rodriguez, a mother who became an anti-gang activist after her teenage daughter was allegedly murdered by MS-13 members.

AnnMarie Drago was convicted of criminally negligent homicide, petit larceny and criminal mischief in the Sept. 14, 2018 killing.

Prosecutors say Drago intentionally struck Rodriguez with her SUV after the anti-gang activist confronted the nurse about destroying a memorial that was set up to honor her slain daughter, Kayla Cuevas.

Drago's defense team has said she never intended to hurt anyone and was only trying to escape Rodriguez and her companion.

“She had one goal: to get away from these people and their threats, and she felt it was safe to do so,” attorney Stephen Kunken said.

Kunken previously stated Drago was not destroying the memorial, as the prosecution alleges, but rather she was taking certain items down to keep it up to town code.

Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said she destroyed the memorial so that it would not deter potential buyers from purchasing her mother’s nearby home.

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