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DUI accident ends in 30-years to life sentence for Van Nuys man

A 43-year-old Van Nuys resident, who has twice been convicted of DUI previously, was sentenced on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, to a minimum of 30-years to as much as life in California state prison. On Dec. 19, 2016, he was convicted of both gross intoxicated manslaughter and second-degree murder for having been drunk while driving when he struck the car of a 62-year-old man and his wife on June 20, 2015, an accident in which they both lost their lives.

In the accident in question, the defendant failed to yield at the stop light at the cross streets of Dorrington Place and Branford. As a result, his Chevy Astro van collided with the deceased couple's Toyota Camry as they made their way home after attending a birthday party. The two accident victims were determined to have been dead on arrival of emergency personnel.

As police investigated the accident, they were able to secure Breathalyzer test results from the defendant, which showed that he had a blood alcohol content (BAC) level at 0.23 percent. That rate is just under three times California's legal limit for intoxication.

It's also important to note that, while this was the man's first conviction for manslaughter or murder, it wasn't his first time having been convicted of DUI before. The man had faced two prior convictions for drunk driving, one in 2001 and another in 2006, the last of which resulted in a misdemeanor conviction for driving with a BAC level of 0.08 or more.

If you are facing drunk driving charges, whether with the added aggravated circumstance of involving injury or death or not, a Van Nuys, California, DUI attorney can provide advice in your legal case.

Source:, "Van Nuys DUI driver gets 30 years to life for killing couple in Arleta," accessed April 21, 2017

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