Gross vehicular manslaughter is one of the charges a driver may find themselves facing if they are in an accident while intoxicated and a death results from the crash. Gross vehicular manslaughter is different from just regular vehicular manslaughter in one primary way. Gross vehicular manslaughter often involves an action in which the accused knew that someone might get hurt or that lives may be in danger. Basically, you didn’t mean to kill someone, but you acted in an irresponsible or reckless manner. It is almost always charged as a felony and the penalty is 4, 6, or 10 years in state prison. Additional time in prison can be added for other offenses.
The San Benito Freelance reports on a man sentenced to 13 years in prison on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter for the DUI crash that killed his son.
On February 25th, 2017, Jesus Mora, now 30, was driving a GMC Sierra with his two children in the front seat. Mora was heading westbound on McCloskey Road when he drifted off the roadway and collided with a utility pole.
Mora’s son, 6, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Mora’s older son, who was 7, was taken by helicopter to a hospital with serious injuries. Mora was suspected of being under the influence when officers made contact with him following the injuries.
In October of last year, Mora pleaded guilty to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, child endangerment, and DUI causing injury. In November, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Mora has been in custody at the county jail ever since his arrest last February.