Man who killed 2 UNM students pleads guilty to other charges

Joshua Dominic Leal, 21, and Miguel Hernandez, 16, were in a stolen truck when they crashed into a car carrying four people. Leal and Hernandez fled the scene but were later arrested. Investigators say 2 people were killed in the crash and 2 others are in critical condition.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A man already serving prison time for killing two University of New Mexico students while driving high has pleaded guilty to other charges.

Joshua Leal was driving a stolen truck in 2014 when he crashed into a car near I-40 and Rio Grande, killing Briana Hillard and Matthew Grant and seriously injuring two others.

Drug tests show Leal had meth in his system. He was sentenced to 18 years.

Thursday, Leal pleaded guilty to several others charges including car burglary.

The judge sentenced him to five years and six months. He will serve them at the same time as his current sentence. 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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