Drunk driver gets 17 years after causing 2 fatal crashes

VALENCIA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A man guilty of killing not one, but two motorcyclists while driving drunk has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

The crashes happened eight years apart but were nearly identical. The most recent happened last year.

In both cases, Jacob Williams killed the driver of the motorcyclist and left the passenger severely injured.

Families of both victims were in the Valencia County courtroom Tuesday, pleading with the judge to sentence Williams to 17 years, the maximum sentence.

“Anything less than the maximum sentence is hardly acceptable by our family,” William Sanchez, brother to second crash victim Daniel Sanchez, said.

The first crash happened in August 2006 near Belen. While driving drunk, then 18-year-old Williams struck and killed a man named Quin Sanchez, the driver of a motorcycle. Williams also paralyzed Quin Sanchez’s friend and passenger Mary Ann Madrid.

Madrid, sitting in a wheelchair due to her legs being paralyzed, also went before the judge to ask for the maximum sentence. Madrid said when she learned of the second crash, she relived her own.

For the first crash, involving Madrid, Williams was sentenced to six years but was out of prison after three for good behavior.

The judge who sentenced Williams to six years is William Sanchez, who would later lose his own brother to Williams’ drunk driving.

That second accident happened in January 2014, also near Belen, killing motorcycle driver Daniel Sanchez and injuring his 11-year-old daughter Magen. Williams was 27 years old at the time.

Quin Sanchez’s sister, Felicia Nieto, said Williams, “had a do-over, and he failed.”

The second crash victim, Daniel Sanchez, is not related to the first crash victim, Quin Sanchez, despite having the same last name.

“Those three little babies will not have their dad anymore,” victim Daniel Sanchez’s sister-in-law Sandra Sanchez, said in court Tuesday. “They will not have him for the milestones in their life.”

Several family members of the victims spoke in court. Magen and her widowed mother were not present.

A video was played for the courtroom to watch. It included graphic pictures of Magen’s leg after the accident, as well as a clip of her screaming in pain during her recovery process.

The video had several family members, to include first crash victim Madrid, in tears.

Williams’ father, Al, also went before the judge. First he apologized for his son’s actions, then said his son didn’t meant to do it.

Family members of the victims were visibly upset by this.

In the end, the judge sentenced Williams to 10 years for vehicular homicide and seven for great bodily harm. A 90-day sentence for DWI will run alongside the 17 years. He was also sentenced to five years supervised probation.

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