Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for July 2017 crash that left 1 dead


A man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a crash that killed another man on Taft Highway last year. 

Carlos Bonifacio Garcia was sentenced Friday after pleading no contest to second-degree murder for the July 16 crash that killed Francisco Javier De La Cruz, 25. 

Three DUI-related charges and one charge of driving with a suspended license were dismissed. 

Garcia was drunk when he hit Cruz’s truck head-on, investigators said. 

Garcia was arrested for DUI in 2011 and pleaded no contest to that charge, according to the Bakersfield Police Department. 

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