A construction worker who was on probation for felony drunken driving when he ran a red light and killed rookie Los Angeles Angels pitcher
and two other people was sentenced yesterday to 51 years to life in prison.
A judge sentenced Andrew Gallo, 24, amid sobbing from the victims' family and friends who earlier heard him apologize for the 2009 crash.
Prosecutors said Gallo's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when he blew through a red light at an Orange County intersection on April 9, 2009, and T-boned the car carrying Adenhart and three friends.
Also killed in the crash were 20-year-old Courtney Stewart and 25-year-old Henry Pearson. A fourth passenger, Jon Wilhite, was severely injured.
Before sentencing, Stewart's sobbing father, Chris Stewart, told the judge each day that goes by "is one more day I'm without my daughter."
Gallo was frequently moved to tears by the statements from family members of victims. He acknowledged before sentencing that he had taken the three lives and ruined his own after getting behind the wheel after hours of drinking.
He also said he expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.
"When I die, I have to look God in the face and ask him for forgiveness and mercy," he said.
In other baseball news:
* The Yankees and free agent Johnny Damon have been discussing the possible return of the veteran to New York, Newsday reported.
* The Milwaukee Brewers finalized infielder Craig Counsell's $1.4 million contract and also reached a 1-year agreement with righthander Sean Green.