- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The driver accused of crashing a stolen pickup truck into a car carrying four University of New Mexico students and killing two of them has pleaded no contest.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1RyusdN ) that 21-year-old Joshua Leal can expect a sentence of 12 to 18 years in prison after pleading no contest on Friday to charges of vehicular homicide and great bodily injury.

Prosecutors say Leal was driving a stolen truck late the night of Nov. 21 when it collided with a sedan carrying four students. Briana Hillard and Matt Grant were killed and two other students were injured.

Prosecutors said tests confirmed that Leal had methamphetamine in his system at the time of the crash.

He is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 19.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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