CARMICHAEL — A Sacramento County judge has sentenced a man to 25 years to life in prison in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Northern California that killed another man and four dogs.
The Sacramento Bee reported that Judge Patrick Marlette handed down the sentence against Paul Walden on Friday.
Authorities say Walden was traveling around 70 mph when he went through a stop sign and struck 21-year-old Harison Long-Randall, Long-Randall’s girlfriend, Gemily West, and West’s four dogs on a street in Carmichael in 2012. The collision tore off Long-Randall’s leg. He died 13 days later.
West suffered a broken leg.
Walden, who had three previous DUI convictions, testified that he fell asleep at the wheel. Prosecutors said he may have been on heroin.
He was convicted last month of second-degree murder and other charges.