PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4) – The man who was convicted in a deadly drunk driving crash has been sentenced to nearly 70 years behind bars.
Gilbert Sanchez was sentenced Friday to 68 years for the May 2012 crash that killed three teenagers in Pueblo.
Sanchez took the stand for the first time Friday.
He cried as he read a statement to the families of the victims, apologizing for what he did, “I’m devastated for the families, I tore everybody up, and I feel like the worst person on Earth.”
Investigators say Sanchez, 37, was drunk when he sped through a red light at more than 100 mph and struck a car killing three teens from Alamosa.
The victims are 18-year old Anisa Montoya, 14-year-old Selena Mascarenas, and 13-year-old Serina Sena. They were heading back to Alamosa after attending a church event in Pueblo.
The girls died at the scene while two teen passengers riding with Sanchez were ejected in the collision and seriously injured.
The victims’ families said Friday that they hoped Sanchez’s punishment would send a message to all people who make the decision to drink and get behind the wheel.