A construction worker who killed Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two other people in a horrific drunken driving crash said Wednesday he had all but ended his own life that night by getting behind the wheel after drinking.
Andrew Gallo, 24, acknowledged his deadly mistake to the grieving relatives of his victims and said he expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars before a Santa Ana, Calif., judge sentenced him to 51 years to life in prison.
“I know whatever I say will not change anything or the way you think or feel about me,” said Gallo, who faced the judge because he was not permitted to look at the courtroom audience.
“You’re right. I am a horrible person, a drunk driver who took your beautiful kids away,” he said.
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Prosecutors said Gallo, who was on parole for a felony DUI conviction, had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when he blew through a red light at 65 mph on April 9, 2009 and T-boned the car carrying Adenhart and three friends.
Also killed were 20-year-old Courtney Stewart and 25-year-old Henry Pearson.
BREWERS GET BUMP FROM GREINKE
Milwaukee Brewers officials said they’ve added more than 1,500 new season ticket holders since Sunday’s trade for 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke, more than tripling the 400 new account holders the team had added in the first few months of the offseason.
Rick Schlesinger, the Brewers’ executive vice president of business operations, says response from fans has exceeded “even our most optimistic expectations.”
Cardinals assistant general manager John Abbamondi was hired by the Padres as vice president of strategy and business analysis. The Brewers finalized infielder Craig Counsell’s $1.4 million contract and reached an $875,000, one-year agreement with right-hander Sean Green. The Pirates invited non-roster first baseman Jeff Clement, a former Mariners prospect, to spring training.