Parolee gets 96 years to life for deadly DUI crash
MADERA, Calif. (AP) -- A Madera County judge has sentenced a parolee to 96 years to life in prison for a DUI crash that killed three casino workers in August 2009.
The Fresno Bee (http://bit.ly/1gdguzP ) reports 36-year-old Justin Rice of Ventura County was sentenced Friday.
Authorities said Rice was driving a pickup truck on Highway 41 when he crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a vehicle carrying five women.
The collision killed 39-year-old Estella Frias, 38-year-old Elena Mendoza and 36-year-old Maria Flores-Rodriguez. Two others were injured. The three women who died were headed to Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold.
Prosecutors say on Jan. 9 Rice was convicted of nine counts, including three counts of second-degree murder. Rice was on parole on several charges, including child endangerment and assault on his mother.
Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com