Man who pleaded guilty to drunk driving killing sentenced to 6 years in prison


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The drunk driver who killed a University of New Mexico student will spend six years in prison. Friday morning, a judge sentenced Roberto Lucero to six years.

An apology is something the parents of 19-year-old Jacob Salazar have been waiting a long time for.

“I should be cleaning his bedroom not his headstone, parents are not supposed to bury their children,” said Dolly Salazar, Jacob’s mother.

It was an emotional day in court Friday, a lot people showing their support for the parents and siblings of Jacob Salazar killed in a drunk driving crash.

Lucero pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and DWI in August for the fatal crash last January.

He was driving drunk on Coors near Rio Bravo when he crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head on with Salazar.

The family also telling Lucero they hope one day to forgive him, but they can’t yet.

Their son had just finished his first semester at UNM. He graduated from Rio Grande High School as salutatorian where he played golf and football.

The Salazar family asked for the full six year maximum sentence, while Lucero asked for a three years.

Lucero also addressed the court Friday apologizing to the Salazar family.

“I want you to know that I am truly sorry about this tragedy, I know nothing I do or say will bring back your son and for that I’m sorry,” said Lucero.

Family from Lucero’s side also showed up in numbers to court Friday. He has a young daughter.

Salazar’s mother saying Lucero will one day have the opportunity to be a parent again, something he should take seriously.

The family also said they wish the law at the time of the crash called for a maximum fifteen year sentence like it does now. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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