- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A former Marine has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for a drunken driving for a crash that killed three of his friends and fellow servicemen in Southern California.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jared Ray Hale received the sentence Friday in Orange County Court. The sentence is one year short of the 12-year maximum he faced.

Jurors in December found that Hale’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

Prosecutors say in February 2012 the four Marines from Camp Pendleton spent hours drinking at a bar in Dana Point and then got into a car.

Authorities say Hale - the designated driver - lost control on a corner and ran into a tree.

The defense argued Hale had only one drink and the crash was due to rain-slick roads.

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