Illegal immigrant sentenced in Eugene for deaths

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Associated Press

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 29 at 9:31 AM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Eugene high school student who sped away from a traffic stop and crashed, killing two people, was sentenced Thursday to more than six years in prison.

Sixteen-year-old Emanuel Herrera-Gutierrez pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter for the March crash that killed Richard Lee Taylor and Toni Lynn Bryson.

The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/5Y5LhB) the teen is not a legal resident of the United States, despite living in the country since he was 2. He'll likely be deported after his sentence.

Defense lawyer John Kolego said Herrera-Gutierrez fled from the traffic stop because he lacked immigration papers and couldn't get a driver's license. He took his parents' car without permission.

Two police officers also were injured in the incident.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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