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 in San Bernardino Superior Court.
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.
The family is happy about the court outcome.
"We didn't want to go to trial," said Scott Folkens, Glynna's older brother.
He said the family wasn't emotionally ready to testify if the case had gone to trial.
"The biggest frustration is that it took two and a half years," said 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, went through a brick wall, and came down through the roof of the house, Folkens said. It trapped Glynna Folkens, 45, and crushed her between the vehicle and the stove.
She was pronounced dead at a hospital an hour later.
"They pulled (Segura) out of the car after they pulled her our of the house," Folkens said. "(Segura) had minor injuries. He was arrested and released on bail."
Glynna Folkens, who was deaf since birth, lived with her parents in the house. When the pickup crashed 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 cars on the other side," Scott Folkens added.
Richard Carnero, Segura's lawyer, said his client decided to accept the plea bargain and not risk a harder punishment.
"(The prosecution) had a pretty good case on him for that charge," Carnero said.
He said the case was a "real tragedy."
"He's really remorseful," Carnero said of Segura.