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A Duarte man who had three prior DUI convictions was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years to life in prison for causing the death of a woman in a crash after he had been drinking.

Superior Court Judge Jared Moses imposed the maximum term on William Jose Segura, 33, in connection with the Sept. 16, 2011, collision that killed Lisa Marie Mireles, 42.

Along with second-degree murder, Segura was convicted Dec. 23 of one felony count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury with two or more priors, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while having a 0.08 percent or higher blood-alcohol content.

Prosecutors said Segura went drinking at two locations before driving along Huntington Drive in Duarte at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

Segura went through two red traffic lights before rear-ending Mireles’ car, according to testimony at his trial.

Mireles was killed instantly after her car jumped the curb and wrapped around a tree, according to prosecutors.

Segura fled the scene on foot, but was arrested later at his home, authorities said.

A toxicology expert testified that Segura’s blood-alcohol level was between 0.28 and 0.33 percent at the time of the crash, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said Segura had DUI convictions in 2004, 2006 and 2010, and was arrested for a fourth DUI four months before the deadly crash.

At the time of the crash, he was on probation, driving on a suspended license and in a court-mandated alcohol program, according to prosecutors.

City News Service

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