A motorist who was driving under the influence when he crossed over the center divider and struck and killed an elderly couple walking on a sidewalk has been found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder.
Oscar Jimenez, 47, was also convicted Thursday of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving and causing an injury accident while his license was revoked or suspended, according to court records. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Jimenez faces 74 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.
On April 26, 2011 Jimenez was driving a pickup when he struck and killed 70-year-old Al Cichy and 80-year-old Annabelle Cichy as they walked along Auburn Street, police said. A blood test revealed methamphetamine and marijuana were in his system.
Jimenez has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1985, including four DUI convictions. He was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison in 2006 after pleading no contest to meth possession, court records show.
A 1998 arrest for meth possession resulted in a four-year term, the records said. In 1996, he was sentenced to two years and eight months for meth possession, and a 1992 conviction for first-degree burglary resulted in a two-year sentence.
"This tragedy should not have happened," District Attorney Lisa Green said in a news release. "After each of his four previous convictions for DUI, a judge had warned the defendant of the dangers of driving while impaired and he still chose to do so."
- The Californian