- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - A South Texas man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after fatally hitting a bicyclist while drunk and driving off with the body in the bed of his truck.

A Hidalgo County judge delivered the sentence Wednesday to 24-year-old Emilio Gomez, who pleaded guilty last month to intoxicated manslaughter.

Police say Gomez killed 38-year-old Eddie Arguelles in April. They say Arguelles was cycling with a friend before dawn when he was hit from behind.

Arguelles’ body landed in the bed of the vehicle. Police say Gomez later tried to dispose of it in a drainage ditch.

Other charges were dropped in the plea deal.

Gomez’s lawyer argued for a shorter sentence because of his client’s lack of a criminal history.

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