- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in a drunken driving crash that killed three people and injured two others.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1Op48R5 ) reports that Juan Pablo Gandara-Rodela was sentenced Wednesday for second-degree reckless murder in the July 2014 deaths. The hit-and-run crash killed Zachary Taylor and Jake Hallacy, both 26 and of Valley Center, and 21-year-old Emily Phillips of McPherson.

Gandara-Rodela also admitted in January to leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated battery. Police have said Gandara-Rodela had been at a bar before running a red light in a sport utility vehicle and slamming into the side of a car.

Gandara-Rodela was working toward becoming a U.S. citizen. Under his plea, he will be deported after he is released from prison.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com



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