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Suspect in DUI crash that killed prominent Wasco man sentenced to 11 years in prison

Crash killed Melvin McLaughlin in August 2016
Posted at 8:46 PM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 23:46:06-05

A man accused of killing a Wasco City Council member while driving drunk last year was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Monday. 

Lorenzo Alonzo was driving under the influence and struck a car being driven by Melvin McLaughlin on Golden State Highway and 7th Standard Road in August 2016. 

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McLaughlin was a former Kern County Fire Captain, member of the Wasco City Council and chairman of the Kern County Formation Commission.

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Alonzo, who had three previous DUIs before the deadly crash, was convicted on Dec. 18 on two felony counts, including gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.