HAYWARD -- A parolee has been sentenced to a total of 110 years to life in state prison for killing three passengers when he fled from police and crashed into the undercarriage of a big-rig in Hayward in December 2009.
Leo Olguin, a 25-year-old Hayward man who had prior convictions for carjacking and possession of an assault weapon, was convicted Dec. 19 of three counts of second-degree murder for the three deaths he caused early the morning of Dec. 23, 2009.
His prior convictions doubled the sentence he received on Tuesday from Alameda County Superior Court Judge Roy Hashimoto.
Olguin's lawyer, William Cole, asked jurors in his closing argument in the case to convict Olguin of the lesser charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, which carries a lighter sentence.
Jurors acquitted Olguin of two counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery.
Olguin was arrested after the crash, at about 12:15 a.m. on Dec. 23, 2009. Authorities said he attempted to evade police and ran multiple stop signs and red lights before crashing a Mazda sedan through the trailer of a big-rig truck and into a pole at Foothill Boulevard and A Street in Hayward.
Andrew Falcon, 17, of Livermore, Dominic Hall, 18, of Hayward, and Vanessa Hurtado, 16, of San Leandro, were killed in the crash. A fourth passenger spent several days in the hospital with serious injuries.
Olguin suffered only minor injuries. Authorities said he apparently ducked when the Mazda went under the big-rig, which partially severed the roof and crushed the rest of the car.
Alameda County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said the incident began when two deputies who were looking for drunken drivers spotted the Mazda driving erratically near Mission Boulevard and Smalley Avenue.
Olguin's blood-alcohol level was 0.09 percent, which put him above the legal limit for drinking and driving, Nelson said.
The armed robbery charges against Olguin stemmed from the alleged robbery at gunpoint of three people in a residential Hayward neighborhood about 45 minutes before the crash.
Nelson said authorities believe Hall and Falcon were the ones who directly confronted the robbery victims at gunpoint shortly before the fatal crash.
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