Man found guilty in DWI death sentenced to 12 years in prison

Kaleb Fajardo will also pay $10,000 fine


Kaleb Fajardo was sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

Since the jury found Fajardo's pickup truck was considered a deadly weapon, he will have to serve half of his sentence before he's eligible for parole. 

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Jurors on Wednesday were deliberating the fate of a 22-year-old man who was found guilty in a drunken driving crash that killed a 61-year-old woman.

The jury, which went behind closed doors at 9:30 a.m., can decide to send Kaleb Fajardo to prison for up to 20 years.

"Send him to prison. Send him to prison for 20 years. There are no mitigating factors that take you below 20," prosecutor Jessica Frazier told jurors during closing arguments. "He's a danger to our community, and the only way we can stop that and to protect our community is to put him in prison."

But defense attorney George Dombart asked jurors to give Fajardo a second chance.

"I'm asking you to consider giving him probation, so he can do something to make changes. He can change himself. He can rehabilitate himself," Dombart said. "Don't throw him away, because that's what we do when we send him to prison. We just throw him away. What kind of person is he gonna be when he comes out of prison?"

It took jurors only took one hour Monday to find Fajardo guilty of intoxication manslaughter.

Trial testimony revealed that Fajardo had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit and he was driving 70 mph in a 30 mph before the Feb. 26, 2016, crash in the 200 block of Rector Street.

Fajardo's pickup truck broadsided a minivan driven by Sylvana Sandoval, who died two days after the crash of injuries she suffered in the crash.

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