FAIRFIELD — A crowd of local law enforcement officials convened Wednesday at the county conference center for the sixth annual recognition and award ceremony hosted by District Attorney Donald A. du Bain.
The star of the event was Andrea Corral, who was honored by the District Attorney’s Office as the 2013 civilian witness of the year.
Corral, now 19, testified in the January 2013 jury trial for Sidney Wilson, who shot and killed Corral’s mother one night in September 2011.
Wilson was the boyfriend of Corral’s mother, Victoria Corral. The couple had a rocky relationship, with several previous domestic violence incidents. After an argument, and with four children in the house, Wilson lured Victoria Corral into the garage of her Cambridge Drive home in Vacaville. Andrea Corral heard her mom call out and opened the garage door just as Wilson shot Victoria Corral in the head.
Andrea Corral got back into the home, kept her wits about her in spite of what she had just witnessed, called 911 and gathered the children together. With the help of a Vacaville police dispatcher, Corral got the children safely out of the house into the backyard, where they hurdled a fence with the help of police. After a 40-minute standoff, Wilson surrendered.
Du Bain lauded Corral for turning the tragic event into an inspiration for others with her ongoing efforts at educating people about domestic violence.
Corral thanked the law enforcement officials for their help before singing “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus.
Wilson was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.
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