An Omaha man has pleaded No Contest to charges in the hit-and-run death of Ashley Rodriguez. Joseph Brosnihan, 35, will be sentenced in March. He faces a maximum of 25-years in prison for Motor Vehicle Homicide and Failing to Stop and Render Aid.
Investigators say Brosnihan drank four pitchers of beer at a bar in June -- and then got into his pickup on his 35th birthday to drive home. He hit a mother of two boys, Ashley Rodriguez who was walking home on Q Street near 63rd around 2 a.m. She died at the scene.
Her boyfriend -- Chris Mangiamelli told Channel Six News on Wednesday: "Why should he be allowed to enjoy life when her two young children won't see their mom?"
He wants Joseph Brosnihan -- who remains in custody at Douglas County Corrections since his arrest in June -- to get the maximum sentence.
At the time of the arrest -- it looked like he could get up 70 years in prison if found guilty. The county attorney tells Channel Six his office reduced the plea after consulting with Ashley's family. Under the conditions of the plea, there would be no appeal and no trial and the man responsible for her death could get up to 25-years in prison.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 12. Chris Mangiamelli plans to write a victim's impact statement to the court, but he'd also like to address Brosnihan in person.