A 52-year-old Morro Bay man has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison after pleading no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Donald Souza was sentenced last week by Judge Teresa Estrada-Mullaney for killing an 86-year-old man while driving drunk in Morro Bay more than two years ago.
A no-contest plea results in a conviction without an admission of guilt.
Souza was driving an SUV south on Highway 1 near Toro Creek Road near Morro Bay on Dec. 12, 2008, when he struck a Toyota Avalon driven by Norman Sage of Cayucos, who was heading north, CHP officials said.
Sage was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, where he died.
According to prosecutor Charlie Blair, Souza had been convicted of misdemeanor DUI causing injury in the 1980s and could have faced a maximum life sentence for this charge.
The plea agreement does not allow Souza to use his two-year credit of time already served in County Jail, Blair said.