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Guatemalan sentenced to 16 years in crash that killed Colts player

Manuel Orrego-Savala two months ago pleaded guilty to two counts of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 or more, causing death.

Posted: Sep 21, 2018 3:15 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WISH) — A man from Guatemala living illegally in the U.S. was sentenced to 16 years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver.

Manuel Orrego-Savala two months ago pleaded guilty to two counts of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 or more, causing death.

The 37-year-old driver's blood-alcohol content was 0.19 when his truck crashed into Jackson and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe in February on Interstate 70. Monroe had pulled over because Jackson was ill.

Authorities say Orrego-Savala had been deported twice from the U.S. and was in the country illegally when the crash happened.

The case became a flashpoint in the nation's immigration debate.

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