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Drunk driver convicted in deadly Thanksgiving crash back in prison

Updated: 12/03/2013 6:11 PM | Created: 12/03/2013 5:02 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Gabriel Gurule served seven years in prison after driving drunk in 2005 and killing three people. Once he got out, he wasn't supposed to go near alcohol. But he did, and the family of the victims says that choice is bringing their pain right back.

Richard Cornejo is a forgiving man, but today, his heart stings with anger. It's been eight years since his stepson was killed in a crash on Thanksgiving night.

"It killed the taxi cab driver, my son and nephew, so we keep the memorial going on to keep the hate away," Cornejo said.

His stepson and a cousin had been drinking so they took a cab, but Gurule, who'd also been drinking, got behind the wheel. He slammed into the cab, killing the two family members and the driver.

Gurule served seven years for that choice and then got five years of probation. One condition was that he couldn't enter a liquor store during that time, but he did. This morning, he faced a judge who sentenced him back to prison.

Cornejo says he felt like he needed to be there during the hearing.

"Today I was in court from 8 until after noon, after lunch - and I don't need to be doing that. I've got to get this behind us," he said.

Cornejo wants to let this go, but he also wants justice and for people to learn from his family's grief and this man's punishment. He hopes Gurule learns something too.

"I'm a forgiving person and I think everybody should have a second chance, but I guess he doesn't understand the graveness of his, what he did," Cornejo said. "He killed three people. They gave him a sentence and we said, 'OK,' but he didn't live up to his word of the deal so he's got to go up there and do it again."

Gurule will serve two years in prison and will remain on probation until 2017.


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