Andrew Gallo stood in an Orange County courtroom on Wednesday, Dec. 22 and apologized to the family of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, along with the families of two other people that Gallo killed during the crash. The appeal wasn’t enough, as he will now spend most of the rest of his life behind bars.
Judge Richard Toohey on Wednesday handed down a sentence of 15 years to life on each of the second degree counts, and an additional six years added for drunken driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and causing great bodily injury and hit and run driving.
Killed in the accident was promising young Los Angeles Angels pitching prospect Nick Adenhart, 22, who earlier on the day of April 9, 2009 made his first start of the season for the Angels in what promised to be a stellar career for the young pitcher.
Later that night, while driving and celebrating with friends, Adenhart and two of his friends, Courtney Stewart and Henry Pearson, were hit head on by Gallo, who had run a red light and had a blood alcohol level three times above the legal limit.
Andrew Gallo was also on probation at the time for previous drunk driving convictions.
Gallo was subjected to listening to victim witness statements before getting up and making a statement of his own.
“When I die, I have to look God in the face and ask him for forgiveness and mercy,” Gallo said.
Gallo’s statement was clearly not enough for Judge Toohey, who imposed the maximum sentence under current laws.
Gallo had been found guilty by a jury back in September, in deliberations that only took a few hours.
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