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In one of the more high-profile cases in Orange County in recent years, Andrew Thomas Gallo of Riverside was convicted of killing Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends and seriously injuring a fourth person. Adenhart had just made his fourth major league start, pitching six scoreless innings against the Oakland Athletics. The friends were on their way to a bar in Downtown Fullerton when their silver Mitsubishi Eclipse was broadsided by the minivan driven by Gallo.
It was determined after the crash that the driver of the Eclipse, Courtney Stewart, was also intoxicated. An autopsy revealed her blood alcohol level to be 0.16 percent, or twice the legal limit. Gallo’s defense attorney attempted to make the argument that these facts should have been a contributing factor in the accident. Should the fact that Courtney Stewart was also legally drunk be a contributing factor? Does it change your opinion to know that she was only 20 at the time of the accident? Due to her age, Stewart is technically committing a crime by driving with a blood alcohol level over 0.01 percent.
In the end, the jury found Gallo guilty on 6 of the 7 charges brought against him. Gallo was convicted on three counts of second-degree murder and other felonies, including hit-and-run and DUI charges. He was sentenced to 51 years to life in prison, with the possibility of parole in 49 years. At the sentencing hearing, the families of the four victims spoke in open court about their respective losses. Gallo sat emotionless as the families spoke to the judge, only breaking down after his father spoke, asking the court for leniency.
The Orange County law firm of Don Ho, LLP can assist you with DUI or any other criminal matter.
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