Covina man gets 15 years to life in prison for fatal DUI crash in La Verne

POMONA — A judge sentenced A Covina man to 15 years to life in state prison Tuesday for a drunken driving crash that killed his two passengers in La Verne last year.
Pomona Superior Court Judge Tia Fisher handed down the sentence to Alan Michael McConnell, 28, who pleaded guilty in April to two counts of murder for the deaths of Telassie Dague, 22, and Renee Hardy, 20, both of Alta Loma, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
The fatal crash took place about 12:45 a.m. Jan. 23, 2010, on Foothill Boulevard in La Verne, near Damien Avenue.
McConnell had a blood-alcohol level of .15 — nearly twice the legal limit — when he fled the scene of another minor traffic collision, lost control and crashed into a tree, officials said.
McConnell tried to withdraw his guilty plea earlier this month, though Fisher denied the motion.

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