ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The man behind the wheel of a deadly car crash is heading to prison.
Mariano Salaz, 20, was sentenced Wednesday. Last August he was driving drunk when he slammed into a car carrying 2-year-old Vicente Griego.
As the result of a plea deal Salaz agreed to in April, he will spend six years in prison for DWI vehicular homicide. Griegos' family pushed for the six-year max but say that's not nearly enough.
Each family spoke in court, but before they did Griego's family played a video, remembering their little boy.
He was in the backseat the night of the wreck and suffered a serious brain injury. A week later he was taken off life support.
Both Griego's and Salaz's families were clearly emotional in court Wednesday.
Jonathon Griego, Vicente's father, says he thinks about his son every second of every day.
"My son was perfect to me in my eyes, but he was taken from me 10 months ago by a careless man in a speeding truck, twice the legal limit," Griego said, fighting back tears. "Mariano Salaz is the man's name, and he killed my son."
Salaz apologized to the family trying to come to terms with his actions.
"I am going to take full responsibility of what I did and my action," Salaz said. "My game plan in the future is to help others prevent my situation, go to high schools and speak and get into programs."
Salaz has spent 10 months in jail already.
District Judge Briana Zamora also said that any restitution will be decided by the probation office.
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