LONG BEACH (CBS) — A man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday for participating in a Long Beach street race that left four people dead.

Denis Alberto Reyes, 18, was sentenced immediately after he pled no contest to four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one count of unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle, according to Deputy District Attorney Karen Thorp.

Reyes, who was driving a stolen 1997 Ford Taurus, was racing the driver of a black 2003 Ford Mustang on Ocean Boulevard when the two cars collided, causing the Mustang to spin out of control and smash into a large concrete sign in the median on Aug. 22, 2010.

The Mustang’s driver, Jesus Heredia Calixto, 18, and passengers Delysa Castro, 16, Javier Marquez, 19, and Candice Ann Bustamante, 32, all of Long Beach, were killed.

Reyes was 17 at the time of the crash. He turned 18 last November just before he was ordered to stand trial as an adult.

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Comments (17)
  1. geeM says:

    Another pillar of society gets taken off the street.

  2. mister s says:

    I was about to say the sentence was way too light, until I read those killed were also participating.

  3. BD McGee says:

    What a tool….

  4. Ana Banana says:

    that’s it?

  5. wt says:

    Oh NO
    Jesus got killed again.

  6. sr says:

    Seriously….racing a 1997 Ford Taurus….quite the hot rod.

  7. duh says:

    Let’s see… 18 divided by 4… hmm.. that’s means Austin Farley should get what, about 4 or 5 yrs for Ashton Sweet’s murder? The teacher bringing pot to that undercover Craigslist sting is prolly facing 8-10.

    It’s a crazy world folks…

  8. 1900innoho says:

    Life should have been the sentence. He will do this again when he is out. Idiot – no respect for other people. Killing four people deserves AT LEAST ONE LIFE TERM for all the loss.

  9. Me says:

    Wonder if anyone in the mustang was trying to get the driver to slow down!

  10. LAKERFANAMI says:

    i feel for the families from both sides, but come on, all were willingly participating in an illegal act, so if you’re willing to participate, you should be willing to pay the consequences that follow all actions taken in daily life.

  11. lala63 says:

    Sorry … but the other driver as well as his passengers were all as guilty of this crash as well. The guy in the Mustang didn’t HAVE to race the drunk guy in the stolen car. They were young, trying to show off, be all macho, and I’m sure they ALL knew it was not a legal (or safe) activity. I mean sure, send the guy up for street racing and stealing a car – but isn’t there some culpability in regard to the driver of the Mustang racing the guy as well?

    1. Roger Wallace says:

      His passengers are guilty as well? What are they guilty of? Riding in the car?

      1. LAKERFANAMI says:

        guilty of riding in the car, yes. i’m pretty sure they had the ability to say no and get out of the dangerous situation if they really wanted to…

      2. lala63 says:

        Yes. Guilty of participating. Of course, UNLESS they were screaming at their buddy to stop and let them out of the car (or if someone had put them into this car and handcuffed them to the seats). Don’t be so daft! You mean you never got yourself involved with the wrong crowd (someone who did stupid and dangerous things that could result in YOU being harmed)??? It’s possible that they didn’t know that the person who they were riding with might do something stupid like this, but not likely. They were kids out being stupid (or having fun being show off). The passengers could have made the decision NOT to ride with someone who would behave like the driver. When you take chances … well this is what can happen. I’m just saying it was not only the OTHER driver who was at fault. NEITHER driver should have raced.

  12. Joe says:

    They let him off easy because he killed 4 illegal aliens.

  13. storm019 says:

    Not enough 4.5 years for each death, as for passengers being charged at what speed did the the who wrote that want the passasengers out.