Bakersfield man to be sentenced for drunken driving, manslaughter

Elderly woman died from injuries

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A local man convicted of manslaughter will be sentenced next week, according to District Attorney Lisa Green.

On Jan. 30, a jury convicted Demarcus Givan of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while drunk, as well as many enhancements. 

On Jan. 22, at about 8 a.m., officials said Givan was driving on White Lane towards Akers Road at about 76 miles per hour and attempted to run a red light.

According to reports, Givan entered the intersection against the red light and t-boned the vehicle of a couple on their way to church.

Officials said that Givan had a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 that night, but claimed he had not been drinking and was not the driver of the suspected car.

Givan's passenger received only minor injuries, according to officials.

The couple, 72-year-old Tommy Fulce and his 71-year-old wife Laura, both received serious life-threatening internal injuries.  Officials said Laura later died from those injuries. 

Green said Givan will be sentenced on Feb. 28. 

Due to his record and injuries to multiple victims, Green said Givan is looking at a maximum sentence of 31 years to life.

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