Chico State student sentenced to 4 years for Avila Beach crash that killed 2 friends

A Chico State student was sentenced to four years in prison Monday for a drunken-driving accident that killed two of his friends last summer.

In a dramatic hearing, Evan Green, 22, said he has been mentally tortured by the tragedy since it occurred June 22, 2011, on Avila Beach Drive.

“I will suffer for the rest of my life,” he said. Then he turned to a packed courtroom audience and said, “I’m sorry.”

After a night of heavy drinking at establishments in San Luis Obispo, Green was reportedly driving to a home his parents owned in Avila Beach when he lost control of his Saturn, which flipped several times.

Two of his passengers —Marcus Nelson of Castro Valley and Aaron Beaver of Eureka, both 21 — were killed. Another friend suffered serious injuries.Initial tests showed Green’s blood-alcohol level to be 0.245 and 0.232 percent — well over the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Green pleaded no contest Monday to multiple charges, including two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He was sentenced before a room packed with relatives of the victims, some who sobbed.

Superior Court Judge Jacquelyn Duffy, struggling to hold back tears herself after testimony from Green and the survivors, said she had no doubt that Green loved his friends.

“I also know that their families loved them,” Duffy said.

“What you did put the community at risk that night,” she told Green. “And now two boys are dead.”