LANCASTER – A 24-year-old man convicted of driving drunk and causing a single-vehicle crash that killed the mother of his children has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
Andres (Andrew) Rubidoux was sentenced in an Antelope Valley courtroom Wednesday, and he received credit for 48 days in custody, according to court records.
The sentencing came about three weeks after Rubidoux pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony DUI causing injury in connection with the Feb. 25 crash that killed Destiny Marie Tennison.
Rubidoux, the father of Tennison’s two young children, had been giving Tennison a late-night ride to Walmart when the collision occurred, according to Tennison’s relatives.
The couple was traveling eastbound on Avenue I, approaching 15th street east, when Rubidoux traveled off the roadway and then overcorrected and lost control of the car, sheriff’s officials said.
The vehicle skidded through the intersection and crashed into a traffic signal pole. Tennison was pronounced dead at the scene, and Rubidoux was transported to the hospital, where toxicology reports put his blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, sheriff’s officials said.
Rubidoux was previously charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury, driving with .08% blood alcohol and causing injury, and being an unlicensed driver, according to court records.
As part of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors, Rubidoux pleaded no contest on March 26 to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony DUI causing injury, according to court records.
Rubidoux was sentenced to 10 years in state prison for the manslaughter conviction and six years in state prison for the felony DUI conviction. Both sentences are to run concurrently, according to court records.
A restitution hearing on the case is set for June 6, 2013.
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