Navy Petty Officer who killed four in car crash faces nearly a decade in prison

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A full-day sentencing hearing encompassing victim statements and legal arguments from both sides was laid out out today for a Navy petty officer who was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that plummeted over the side of a transition ramp to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and landed in Chicano Park, killing four people.

Richard Anthony Sepolio, 27, faces a maximum of nine years and eight months in state prison when he is sentenced a week from Thursday for the Oct. 15, 2016, crash that killed Annamarie Contreras, 50, and Cruz Contreras, 52, a married couple from Chandler, Arizona; and Hacienda Heights residents Andre Banks, 49, and Francine Jiminez, 46. Seven other people were seriously injured.

Sepolio had faced up to 18 years on his convictions for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury, but the application of certain sentence enhancements were modified in court at Tuesday’s hearing, reducing his potential maximum prison term.

Defense Attorney Vik Bajaj joined KUSI News to discuss what the next steps are in the sentencing process for Sepolio.

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