- Associated Press - Sunday, January 15, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Central California man has been sentenced to 60 years to life in prison for causing a drunken-driving crash that killed four people, including a woman engaged to be married and her two young nephews.

The Fresno Bee reports (https://bit.ly/2jy6hCc) Superior Court Judge Jonathan Conklin fought back tears when he sentenced Rien Ban Thursday.

The judge told Ban: “You are a murderer.”

A jury found the 45-year-old guilty of four counts of second-degree murder.

Investigators said Ban, who had three prior drunken driving convictions, was under the influence in June 2014 when he crashed into a Kia near Mendota while trying to pass a slower vehicle.

Prosecutors said two hours after the collision, Ban’s blood-alcohol registered nearly three times the legal limit.

Three people in the Kia died. A passenger in Ban’s SUV also died.


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

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