UPDATE: 5/6 12:40am

The man convicted of the DUI manslaughter of a Miami Heat dancer could be free for the next year or more.

Despite a Broward judge sentencing Mario Careaga to the maximum 15-years, the judge is allowing him to post a $100,000 bond today and walk out of the jail while he appeals.

Nancy Lopez-Ruiz's sister, Marjorie Lacy, understands that's the process, but she's not happy because "he still gets to go home; I don't have my sister."

Lacy believes with the sentencing the 22-year-old has received justice.


A Broward judge dishing out the maximum sentence in the DUI manslaughter case of Mario Careaga.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he was found guilty in the death of Miami Heat dancer Nancy Lopez-Ruiz.

Mario Careaga's conviction was upheld in March after claims of jury misconduct and prejudice against him because he's gay.

Careaga did take the stand, asking forgiveness from the family of Nancy Lopez-Ruiz. 

Careaga is accused of having a blood alcohol level three times over the legal limit.

(Photo: CBS 4)