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Man gets 30 years in fatal 2009 DUI crash

A 31-year-old man who was drunk when he caused a fatal 2009 crash will spend the next 30 years in prison.

Monroe County Judge Ruth Becker sentenced Pierson Alberto Villalobos, 31, to the maximum sentence allowed under the law on two counts of vehicular manslaughter, said Assistant State Attorney Tanner Demmery.

Both counts are second-degree felonies.

In October, it took a Marathon jury 45 minutes to find Villalobos guilty.

The wreck occurred about 9:25 p.m. Nov. 28 at Mile Marker 47 as Villalobos sped north, swerved into oncoming traffic and hit a southbound car.

The crash killed Marathon resident Christopher Jennings, 33, and his girlfriend, Deborah Mangrum, 42, who was moving here from Wyoming to be with him.

Mangrum, a mother of four who owned a hair salon in Lusk, Wyo., died at the scene. Jennings, who worked at Annette's Lobster & Steak House, died Dec. 3 at Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.

Villalobos had a prior DUI conviction from a May 2006 crash.

Three other Marathon residents were hurt in the crash and taken to Fishermen's Hospital: Villalobos' passenger, Yendel N. Garcia, 32; Mercedes Diaz, 57, who was driving the car Villalobos hit; and her passenger, Jordi Torna, 10. All were treated and released from the hospital.

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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