Man gets 10 years in prison for fatal DUI crash

Destiny Tennison, 22, was killed in a crash on Feb. 25.

Destiny Tennison, 22, was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Feb. 25.

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.

Andres Rubidoux (facebook)

Andres Rubidoux (facebook)

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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  24 comments for “Man gets 10 years in prison for fatal DUI crash

  1. CrazyWorldUnjust
    April 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Wow poor family they n she had to deal with this it seems to me someone its trying top hard to cover up his tracks if he had domestic violence he probably was forcing her to stay in the car poor girl I will not sleep in peace tonight knowing such disgust is on this earth God Will Judge as long as yoy repent im sure in those 10yrs he will get another girlfriend have more kids on welfare cause u kno he wont get a job probably get on ssi for his injuries what a joke so many ppl told them to stay but yet no one toke the keys sickning

  2. Tam
    April 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    When you commit a crime you no longer have rights. It don’t matter if she was drinking or not. She made a misstake and got in the car and she paid the price for that she died is he died no he get to spend some time in prison and more then likely be out in 8 in half years his home for now with three meals a day a roof over his head. He can still see his family he can still talk with his family but what does her family get to see. A box with her ashes. That where she lives now. Does she get to see her family No Does she get to see her kids grow No. Do they get to feel her love? No they don’ go head and keep dissrepecting her family. It show what kind of person you are. I will leave it at that.

  3. nice
    April 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    When you commit a crim you no long have rights. 10 years not enough time. It don’t matter if she was drinking or not she was not the one behind the wheel of a car. Her only misstake was getting in a car with a drunk in the first place. She paid the price of her misstake with her life. The onlything he gets is 10 [removed] years and will be out in 8 in half. So go head be mad go head and keep dissrecepting her family. There is a higher power and justiced will be done unto him.

  4. kandie
    April 21, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    man see now im heated, who in the flying [removed] do u ppl think u are to take a picture of andrews facebook ..yea thats right 10 years thats a long [removed] time and i hope that one of u [removed] heads is right and he ends up doing only half the time cuz it was an ACCIDENT i know the ppl that were drinking with them that day and i quote my friend “i tried to convice em to stay they were BOTH to drunk to drive but they just wanted to go home and rest” and a ride to walmart ? full of crap they were on their way to his house anyone with common sense aint gonna believe that [removed] pay attention it happened on 15th st east a block away from my homies house so where does that tell u they were going …and @(onceagain) what u mean he’ll find a new girlfriend in there ese, my boi is as straightas they come so get out of here with ur [removed] mierda..and i hope he does have good behavior i know is gonna be hard cuz if theres something i know is that my boi has alot of heart his word and his balls and he dont brake em for noone and he dont let direspect fly but for what i hear in his voice his calm and accepts the 10 years and as much ass ppl want to say hes a bad person he aint he made bad choices and i wish when she hit him up to chill i wish he wouldve been to drunk to drink more with her but ya que it is what it is my ese will do the time he wont let the time do him so chin up he aacepts his wrongs loves his kids and prays for destiny to be in heaven cuz HE LOVED HER dont believe it i gives a dam ,and he will get over this time and come out to be a GREAT dad to his babys …and @(dont trip) what u mean he was stupid enough to drive so she was stupid enough to get in the car ? no right so watch wtf u say …and @ francisco what u mean the dirt below ur shoes has more purpose homie u knew him? or are u just going based upon he said she said crap hu dogg calling him trash by the way your talking i sure hope u know him and not some lame just trying to speak on what they dont know?…but you all know what ,me the rest of his family and true friends we love u andrew ur srtong, keep praying my dood and time flies well see u soon and to anyone who undertands andrews situation and knows we all make mistakes gracias …to everyone saying 10 years aint enough serio just plz shut ur hozico easy for u to say cuz u aint the one behind bars but is all good god knows what hes doing and if god says 10 years it’ll be that and if god thinks 3 to 5 hes out even better it aint up to none of u puerquitos to decide haha …just on sum serio sh** all these ppl speaking up shut it he will do the time he will have in his heart the pain the loss of his baby mama the rest of his life cuz of bad choices they both made ..but then again i know ppl will still talk crap haha i love the balls ppl grow on the internet they feel real safe talking crap sitting down looking at theyre little screen running theyre fingers haha is all good a lame will stay talkin mierda feeling tuff on the web..and just so theres no mix ups our condolences and respect goes out to her family the ones that respect back.. to the rest of u not actually knowing [removed] saying he did “domestic violence” and calling him other names [removed] sticking ur nose where it doesnt belong ..mind ur own buisness [removed]

    • goldenhour
      April 22, 2013 at 8:40 am

      haha good one!

    • james sosa
      April 22, 2013 at 8:57 am

      He should of got more time. This is not justice.

    • javier
      April 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      I will feel safer driving knowing this careless individual is of the streets.

    • Francisco Gomez
      April 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      [removed] you do the crime you do the time if he would of never got caught he would of kept on doing it [removed]

  5. uknown person
    April 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I heard he got 8 1/2 manditaury and he has two strikes one more hes out for life

    • April 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      @uknown person… The “Three Strikes Law” (Prop 36 ballot measure) was changed after the November 2012 election when 69.3% (8.5m voters) voted for it to be modified. One impact of the approval of Proposition 36 was that the approximately 3,000 convicted felons who were as of November 2012 serving life terms under the Three Strikes law, whose third strike conviction was for a nonviolent crime, became eligible to petition the court for a new, reduced, sentence.[2] Some estimates were that reducing the sentences of these current prisoners could result in saving the state somewhere between $150 to $200 million a year.[3] Source:,_Changes_in_the_%22Three_Strikes%22_Law_(2012)

      Lastly, you are right, he will be doing 8yrs 4mos 19days from the day he was sentenced with 48 days credit for time served which makes it September 2021 until he’s released. 10 years is the maximum sentenced allowed for Gross Vehicular Manslaughter (GVMI) @ 85%.

    • uknown person
      April 19, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Doesnt matter as a person who knows him for over 10 years he will be there for a while cause the third strike law he wont be good or stay out of trouble for that long so nice know u andrew

      • uknown person
        April 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm

        Idc about your information i was there i know what the judge said

  6. NotAgain
    April 19, 2013 at 5:41 am


      April 20, 2013 at 8:37 pm


      • Gladys
        April 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm

        well said!

  7. Francisco Gomez
    April 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Really?! Only ten years?! Once again the system fails us again. My prayers go out to her family and kids I hope that motherf#*ker rots in there he doesn’t deserve to see the light of day again sad part is he probably will only serve half his sentence. Hopefully the convicts do what the system should of done. Piece of trash, the dirt below my shoes has more of a purpose then this piece of trash…

    • Sig Sauer
      April 18, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      I agree 10 years is definetly not long enough, considering he will probably only serve half that. The justice system in this state sucks.

  8. Palmdale_Steve
    April 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Given CA’s revolving door prison system, he’ll be out of prison in something like 4 or 5 years.

    • dumbandblind
      April 18, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      That should be good enough time for him to learn that drinking and driving isn’t worth getting [removed]

      • lame
        April 19, 2013 at 4:49 pm

        really? 4-5 years enough for this pos, I don’t think so. He deserves life without possibility of parole. He Killed someone. He willingly got behind a steering wheel to drive and left his children without a mother.

      • Don't Trip
        April 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm

        Have you lost your mind. This piece of crap should have gotten a life sentence…no if ands or buts. If he was stupid enough to get behind the wheel after drinking, and killing someone he should pay the price. Let him for in prison.

        • Don't Trip
          April 19, 2013 at 10:47 pm

          Rot in prison

    • April 19, 2013 at 6:18 am

      @Palmdale_Steve… Despite the new sentencing law changes due to AB-109 “Realignment”, Serious/Violent offenders (PC 1192.7/PC2933.1)are ineligible for any sentence reduction (good time/work time credits) while in prison. They will do 85% of their sentence imposed by the courts. In Mr. Rubidoux case, his earliest possible release date (EPRD) will be in September 2021, and will receive 3-years parole with “special conditions” attached (no alcohol).,June2012v2.pdf

      • April 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm

        Michelle Egberts .. I hope you never deal with the system because you had a loved one killed, our your child. My daughter was killed by drunk driver with no valid DL an d had drugs in his system along with other infraction s of the law. Pled not guilty up to the last minute. Was sentenced to 6 years. We were told he would do at least 85 percent of the time.. YET.. the judge gave him almost a year credit after 5 months of which most was spent in a hospital getting free surgeries and being all doped up on meds. an d after reading the final paperwork it states he will do 50 percent t of his time in prison. The consequences here in California for killing someone while under the influence is a JOKE . What good is a Watson Murder Advisement .. if a plea deal can then be taken? The fin e for killing m y child was SEVENTY dollars .. you think my daughter or my family got justice? I think you need to do some research and talk to people who have actually lived through this. You think 11 days in jail is justice if an unlicensed driver kills your child and then you have to fight to have said driver deported??? Our system needs a major overhaul but our society needs to wake up .. there is a huge difference between an accident and a choice resulting in h a death.

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