Defendant: Renzo Yance (DOB 11/20/95)

July 10, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Renzo Yance of Yonkers has been sentenced by Westchester County Court Judge George Fufidio to a minimum of three years to a maximum of nine years in prison for the fatal 2017 crash that claimed the life of one of his passengers, Nina Cordero, and injured the other passenger, Cordero’s boyfriend.

On Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class C Felony, Yance was sentenced to two to six years in prison and on a guilty plea stemming from an earlier incident Aug. 6, 2017, he was sentenced to one to three years in prison for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the First Degree, a class E Felony. The sentences will run consecutively to each other.

On Aug. 26, 2017, Yance was driving his BMW on Central Park Avenue in Yonkers recklessly at high speed with two passengers in the car, one in the front and one in the back.

Around 7:15 p.m. Yonkers police reported an overturned BMW was found on Central Park Avenue near Sadore Lane with a woman passenger having been ejected from the vehicle further down the road. She was unconscious and unresponsive at the time. Later, 19-year-old Nina Cordero, who had been in the back seat, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The front-seat passenger was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

At the time, Yance was driving without a license at more than approximately 100 miles per hour on a city road with traffic lights and it was that high speed which contributed to the crash.

Only 20 days earlier, Aug. 6, 2017, Yance had been charged with driving without a license and under the influence of drugs in Dobbs Ferry.

Victim’s Impact
In court today, Edwin Cordero, Nina Cordero’s father, gave a victim’s impact statement to the court. In part, he said to Yance, “I never felt hatred but there is no peace, forgiveness or mercy in me. You will have to find it from God. But it will never come from me or my family.” About his 19-year-old daughter, he added, “We are grateful for every moment she spent with us.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Julia Cornachio, Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Unit.

police photograph of Renzo Yance

Renzo Yance

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