Illegal Immigrant Pleads Guilty

By: Laurabree Austin Email
By: Laurabree Austin Email

It's been less than a year since four year old Tyler Evans was killed by a drunk driver on Route 3 in Boone County. But what made the case even more difficult was that the drunk driver spoke little English and was in this country illegally.

Now, Tyler Evans' family says Christian Rubio Sanchez's guilty plea on Tuesday was a surprise. All that was scheduled was a pre-trial hearing…..but instead, the Boone County prosecutor's office says the two sides were able to reach an agreement.

Sanchez agreed to plead guilty to two charges relating to drunk driving: a felony for the boy who was killed and a misdemeanor for his injured brother.

A member of the Evans family says of Sanchez, “He broke down and said he was so sorry….we told him we forgive and that Tyler would be the first to say it’s okay.”

Sanchez will spend anywhere from one to ten years in prison, but because he's been in jail since the accident he'll actually be up for parole this fall. When he is released the federal government will be notified and it is possible he will then be deported back to Mexico.

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