A man who killed an employee of a Bensalem tavern with his pickup truck has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison.

Police say Jose Maldonado-Luzuriaga, 35, was drunk when he showed up at the Salute Restaurant & Bar on Nov. 29, and he was refused service. After an argument, he hit employee Billy Sullo, 30, with his truck outside the bar and pinned him to a wall, killing him.

Maldonado-Luzuriaga pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and aggravated assault yesterday in Bucks County Court. Speaking through an interpreter, he told the judge, "The liquor was to blame. I am not a bad person."

Maldonado-Luzuriaga is an illegal immigrant and faces deportation to Ecuador after prison. - AP