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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