30-year-old Fernando De Jesus Osorino, who pleaded guilty for killing 2 individuals in a car accident, has been sentenced to spend 16 years in prison.
He was driving under the influence when he got involved in an accident which left the driver as well as the passenger of the other vehicle dead.
Last year on 28th of February, Osorino was travelling east in a 2003 Kia Sorento in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near S.W. Wanamaker Road when his vehicle collided with a westbound 2007 Honda Civic at around 2:10 a.m. 27-year-old Corey R. Jackson was behind the wheel of the Civic and 24-year-old Coral Lynn Clark was the passenger in his vehicle.
The passenger died on the same day of the accident while the driver died on 8th of March due to life-threatening injuries he sustained in the accident.
Osorino also sustained injuries and was treated at Stormont Vail.
All individuals involved in the accident were wearing seatbelts.
On 9th of February, Osorino pleaded guilty to 2 counts of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol and 1 count of driving under the influence. The judge dismissed 1 count of driving the wrong way on a divided highway and 2 alternative counts of reckless second-degree murder.
On Friday, District Judge Mark Braun sentenced Osorino to 16 years and 3 months in prison.
The DUI conviction of Osorino was second in his history. He was convicted for driving under the influence for the 1st time back in 2015.
It is shown by the court records that Osorino is ordered to pay the amount of $23,788 in restitution as well as court costs and fees totaling to the amount of $1,193.
The lawyer representing the offender filed a motion prior to sentencing. He said that his client was sending money to his family in Mexico to support them which he received by working for a flooring company. When his home was burglarized, his van and tools were stolen, he became tensed and “made the serious mistake of turning to drink.” His lawyer also told that his client was on a waiting list to enter an alcohol abuse center when the accident happened. He further said about his client that he is sad for the victims and their families. He added, a shorter sentence will allow him to get back to work, pay restitution and continue sending money to support his family and to fulfill their basic necessities.
The motion was denied by the judge.
Jackson was a father of 3 and he was going to be the father of a 4th child when he died in the DUI accident. He was a veteran of the Iraq War from the year 2007 to the year 2008; he was serving a mobilization at Fort Riley when he died.
Back in March of 2014, Clark had enlisted in the U.S. Army and was working at Fort Riley. She is a mother of 2 sons.
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