The man facing charges for a crash on Christmas Eve of 2015 in Clarkson that turned deadly was sentenced on Tuesday.
Efrain Lopez-Contreras, an illegal alien, was sentenced to six to 18 years in prison for aggravated vehicular homicide. Lopez-Contreras was also sentenced to five to 15 years for manslaughter, up to four years for aggravated DWI, and up to seven years for aggravated assault. His sentences will run concurrently, and then he will be deported.
Lopez-Contreras pleaded guilty to driving drunk when he crossed the center line on Redman Road and hit a vehicle head-on, driven by Clarkson Pastor Tony Bartolucci. Bartolucci and his daughter Giana were trapped in their car when it caught fire. They were pulled out by Good Samaritans. The pastor recovered, but his daughter died months later.
In court Tuesday, Tony Bartolucci said he forgives Contreras. He even asked to give him a hug during the sentencing, but the judge said that wasn't allowed.
Bartolucci says forgiveness is part of who he is, but he says the pain of losing his only daughter is still very real.
"She never made it back. I'm still having a very hard time with that," he said.
Bartolucci says he and his wife are considering adopting, when the grief subsides.