SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — An Orange County man was sentenced Friday to 17 years to life in prison in connection with a drunken driving crash that killed a pedestrian in Laguna Niguel.
Orange County Superior Court Judge Sheila Hanson rejected Adam Harrison Hall’s appeal for a “hybrid” sentence that would include time in both a drug rehabilitation facility and behind bars.
Hall was convicted of second-degree murder this past February for causing the 2011 crash that killed 48-year-old Mara Steves.
Police say Steves was fatally struck by Hall’s Toyota SUV after he ran a red light on Moulton Parkway and lost control.
The 29-year-old Hall has two previous DUI-related convictions. He has also been convicted of forgery and two counts of obtaining or possessing drugs secured by a forged prescription.
At the time of the crash, police say Hall was under the influence of a variety of drugs, including methamphetamine.
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