Christopher Segura, who was charged in the March 2010 killing of Glynna Folkens in the kitchen of her San Bernardino home pleaded guilty last month at the San Bernardino Superior Court and took responsibility for the woman's death.
As part of the deal, Segura was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and is expected to be sentenced on Jan. 11 to six years in prison.
While it wasn't the expected outcome, the family is happy it's over.
"We didn't want to go to trial," Scott Folkens, Glynna's older brother, said.
He added that the family was not emotionally ready to testify if the case had gone to trial.
"The biggest frustration is that it took two and a half years," said Scott Folkens, 50, of San Bernardino. "This wasn't a case where you needed forensic scientists... He was behind the wheel, that wasn't a debate. He obviously drove the car that went through the wall and killed her."
On March 10, 2010 Segura was driving his mother's Chevy Avalanche in the 26200 block of Croyden Street.
The vehicle jumped a curb and went through brick wall, coming down through the roof of the Folkens' house, Scott said. It trapped Glynna Folkens, 45, and crushed her between the vehicle and the stove.
She was pronounced dead at a local hospital an hour later.
"They pulled him out of the car after they pulled her our of the house," Scott Folkens said. "(Segura) had minor injuries. He was arrested and released on bail."
Glynna Folkens, who has been deaf since birth, lived with her parents in the house. When the truck barreled into their home she was in the kitchen getting her mother something to drink.
"She went out to get my mom a soda," Scott Folkens said. "We think she then went to get a straw from the cabinet. She probably felt the vehicle hitting the wall and not knowing what it was went to the window to see."
"The car hit (the house) so hard it sent bricks over the house and damaged case on the other side," Scott Folkens added.
Richard Carnero, Segura's lawyer, said his client decided to accept the plea bargain now and not risk a harder punishment later.
"(The prosecution) had a pretty good case on him for that charge," Carnero said.
The defense lawyer added that this case was a "real tragedy."
"He's really remorseful," Carnero said about Segura.