ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Jacob Jaramillo pled guilty to the drunk driving incident that killed two brothers and a woman, devastating the families of the victims.
Edgar Leal, cousin of Roberto Mendez and Sergio Mendez Aguirre, said the punishment for Jacob Jaramillo was not what he and his family were expecting.
“We’re not happy. You know, we were forced to entertain the plea bargain,” he said.
Jaramillo is now facing a maximum of 18 years in prison. It’s a sentence loved ones of the victims believe is not enough.
“We were looking for a different sentence. My aunt and uncle were specifically looking for a different sentence as well,” said Leal.
During Jaramillo’s court appearance, his lawyers said they will be arguing for less time, but the decision on his sentencing will happen within the next 90 days.
In November 2015, Jacob Jaramillo was accused of driving drunk on the I-25 Frontage Road, approaching the I-40 Frontage Road when he ran a red light. That’s when his car struck another vehicle with three people in it.
Jaramillo’s blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit.
The incident killed Roberto Mendez, Sergio Mendez-Aguirre and Grace Sinfield.
“Great loss for all of us, friends family members..and now we have to assimilate the fact that this person’s going to walk very soon,” said Leal.
Today, the families are still dealing with the pain of the loss of their loved ones. Edgar Leal said he only has one message for Jacob Jaramillo.
“To him, I got to say…you know, hopefully it never happens to you,” he said.
Leal said the parents of Roberto and Sergio are now planning on selling their house because they can’t afford it. The house was purchased on the brothers’ salaries, and they just can’t deal with the pain of living in the home any longer.
Both families have been in close contact with one another. Grace Sinfield’s family is currently out of the country.