Man sentenced for 2013 deadly crash

Posted at 10:37 AM, Apr 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 20:39:01-04

A man found guilty of second degree murder and driving under the influence was sentenced today to 15 years to life.

Gustavo De La Cruz was found guilty of second-degree murder as well as gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving on a suspended or revoked license for DUI last month. 

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The charges stem from a 2013 car crash that resulted in the death of Taylor Embree.

Embree's family was emotional at the sentencing, as several members took the stand and face De La Cruz  for the first time.

"I can only hope that Gustavo is provided ample time and opportunity to experience relentless brutality, unforgiving agony, pain and misery that intensifies until he either dies or he feels dead like I do," said Clayton Embree, Taylor's father.

"Whichever comes first is good with me."

But the most heartbreaking message came from Britney Embree, Taylor's wife, who wrote a letter that was read by the judge, Hon. Gary Friedman.

"Shortly after my son turned 4, he started saying he wants to die so that he can be with his daddy."

The De La Cruz family declined an interview, but they did say that they were shocked by the amount of hate they felt the Embree family had towards De La Cruz.