A Shandon man will receive a 7-year prison term for a drunken driving accident that killed a Bakersfield couple last month.
Vicente Muniz Montes, 38, entered no contest pleas Wednesday to three charges, including two counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one charge of hit-and-run involving a death.
On Aug. 17, Montes was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee on Highway 46 East near Shandon when he collided head-on with a Nissan Versa. Both people in the Nissan — Charles Massara, 69, and his wife, Irene Massara, 68 — died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash.
Montes and his passenger, Florencio Ochoa Rojas, 27, walked away from the crash and were later arrested at a friend’s residence.
Rojas was not charged with any offense.
When police interviewed Montes, they said he smelled of alcohol, had watery eyes and spoke slowly. A Breathalyzer test given nearly four hours after the crash indicated Montes had a blood alcohol level of 0.048 percent. (The legal limit is 0.08 percent.)
Montes told police he fled the scene because he didn’t have insurance, a driver’s license or vehicle registration. He also said he had four cans of Tecate beer over a three-hour span and that his vision became blurred as he prepared to make a turn on 46.
In a previous DUI case, from January, he had been driving 100 mph with a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent. He pleaded no contest to that charge last month.
As a condition of his new guilty plea, Montes will receive the 7-year prison term.
He will be formally sentenced Oct. 28.