SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon prosecutor says a former Prineville man sought in a fatal 1995 traffic crash in Marion County has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and DUI and been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Marion County Deputy District Attorney Amy Queen said Jose Luis Sanchez entered his pleas Wednesday.
After Sanchez was arrested in January 2012 for entering the country illegally from Mexico, a fingerprint check showed he was sought on a vehicular homicide warrant out of Oregon.
Queen says Sanchez was driving a car at a high rate of speed on Aug. 7, 1995, on Oregon Highway 22 west of Idanha, when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and hit several trees. Passenger Jesus Gonzalez-Sanchez of Prineville was killed.
Jose Sanchez was seriously injured.
After his arrest in Arizona, Queen says Sanchez was held in jail and subsequently pleaded guilty to federal charges. He was returned to Oregon last December.