A 22-year-old Camp Pendleton Marine was sentenced Monday to six years in prison for a drunken driving wrong-way crash in Stanton that killed a 70-year-old man.
Christian Alejandro Vasquez pleaded guilty to a felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter and admitted a misdemeanor count of driving without a valid driver’s license on Sept. 15. Vasquez made a rare open plea, meaning there was no guarantee of what punishment he would receive.
Vasquez, who has been in custody since Aug. 16, could have faced up to 10 years in prison.
Vasquez had a blood-alcohol content of .26, more than three times the legal limit, at the time of the Aug. 16 crash on Beach Boulevard, said Deputy District Attorney Avery Harrison. Jerry Duplesse died of his injuries five days later, Harrison said.
Felony counts of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08% or more causing injury were dismissed in conjunction with his plea.
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