Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in wrong-way crash

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 1:04 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A man entered a guilty plea for killing an Indiana University Southeast student in a drunk driving accident.

Maynor Gonzalez-Munoz, 32, must serve 18 years behind bars. He made a guilty plea with help from a Spanish translator Friday. The plea included charges of manslaughter, criminal mischief, illegal possession of cocaine and marijuana and no insurance.

Police say he drove a Toyota Camry the wrong way down Hurstbourne Parkway near south Watterson Trail around 2:30 in the morning in April.

Gonzalez-Munoz ran into a Honda Civic and killed Ashley Martinez, 23, of Louisville.

"She was an IUS student studying to be a special needs elementary teacher. She had a smile on her face that would light up a room. I feel that justice was served of course he would never get enough years to get my daughter back but I feel like justice was served today,"
said the victim’s mother, Theresa Martinez.

The original murder charge was amended down to a manslaughter charge.

Gonzalez-Munoz will not be eligible for parole for 15 years.

Prosecution says he may be deported after serving his sentence and parole because he may have issues with his U.S. citizenship.
 

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