SANTA ANA, Calif. — A man was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for a crash in California that killed his nephew and injured his brother-in-law more than six years ago.
Tapu Aniceto Sitagata pleaded guilty Friday to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated as well as drunken driving and causing injury, both felonies.
Prosecutors say Sitagata was out drinking with several friends and relatives the night of Dec. 20, 2010, when he got behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Suburban with his nephew, Pesa Sitagata, in the back seat, and his brother-in-law, Aron Ia, in the front seat.
Sitagata crashed the vehicle into a light pole in Irvine. Pesa Sitagata was pronounced dead at the scene and Ia suffered two broken legs, broken ribs and a lacerated spleen and liver.