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Man sentenced to 10 years in crash that killed 2 brothers

July 6, 2019

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A man charged with having been driving drunk at the time of a New Jersey crash that killed his two brothers has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Santos Javier Archaga-Mendoza, 37, was sentenced Friday to the aggregate term, which Morris County prosecutors said does not include eligibility for parole.

Archaga-Mendoza pleaded guilty in May to two counts of second-degree reckless vehicular homicide as well as fourth-degree assault and driving under the influence.

He was originally charged with death by auto in the early morning September 2017 single-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 15 and Route 46 in Dover that killed his brothers, Joel and David, and injured a third person.

Authorities said the brothers and some friends had gone out to a nightclub to celebrate the defendant’s birthday. The Daily Journal reported that he told investigators his foot got stuck on the gas pedal as he tried to make a turn and lost control of the pickup he was driving with four passengers. Prosecutors said evidence indicated that he was speeding and intoxicated at the time of the crash.

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