Calif man sentenced after running down tourists

AP News
Posted: Oct 06, 2011 2:57 PM
Calif man sentenced after running down tourists

A man who deliberately drove off a California freeway to get attention from his ex-girlfriend has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for killing two tourists run down by his car.

Jerardo Iriarte pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree murder for killing visitors Bruce and Marjorie Mallin of Tumwater, Wash., who were on a morning walk last October outside a Pismo Beach restaurant.

The Santa Maria Times ( said Thursday the 20-year-old Iriarte was sentenced Wednesday after an emotional plea from the couple's daughter.

The Mallins were struck down a year ago when Iriarte's Toyota Corolla veered off U.S. Highway 101 at 80 mph and went down an embankment.

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He told investigators he wanted to get the attention of his ex-girlfriend, who was working at the restaurant.


Information from: Santa Maria Times,