HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to driving drunk and killing three members of a family.
A release from the Harris County District Attorney's Office says 27-year-old Jeremy Paul Valdez of Tomball was sentenced Thursday, four days into a jury trial. He has three prior convictions for drunk driving.
The release says Valdez was driving a pickup truck at 106 mph in May 2016 when he ran a red light and smashed into a compact sedan carrying the family. Valdez had a blood-alcohol content of nearly three times the legal limit.
Emilio Avila Blanco, Hilda Avila, and their 18-year-old son Mauricio Ramirez all died at the scene. The three were way home from picking up Ramirez's cap and gown to graduate from Klein Oak High School.