- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Fresno County man has been sentenced to 18 years and eight months to life in prison for a head-on drunken driving crash that killed three sisters.

The Fresno Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1o4CBr5) that 56-year-old Tranquilino Figueroa received the sentence Wednesday after pleading guilty last month to murder and other charges.

Judge Alvin Harrell III said he was reluctant to hand down the sentence because he wasn’t pleased with the plea deal given by prosecutors.

Relatives of the three sisters tearfully said before the sentencing that they had hoped Figueroa would spend his life in prison with no parole.

The sisters who died were Jennie Monreal, Josephine Contreras and Delores Rodriguez, all in their 70s.

Figueroa admitted his blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit to drive at the time of the January crash.


Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com

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