A repeat DUI offender was convicted of two counts of 2nd-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter for a collision that killed two passengers in his vehicle. The driver had a .228 blood alcohol level. He also had two prior convictions for DUI.
DATE: June 20, 2023
CASE: Brandon Germany (Case #22FE003389)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Frederick Gotha, Homicide Unit
On June 16, 2023, Brandon Germany was convicted by a jury of two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with a prior conviction for driving under the influence (DUI).
Germany has two prior DUI convictions from 2013 and 2021. He has been given multiple Watson advisements, which is an advisement that driving under the influence is extremely dangerous to human life and might lead to a charge of murder if someone is killed as a result, and he also completed DUI offender programs.
On February 19, 2022, Germany drove a car off of an on-ramp to I-5 from Garden Highway. His car flew off the road, smashed into a tree and instantly killed his two passengers, McKeon Dillahunty and Antoine Robinson Jr. The California Highway Patrol responded to the scene and found Germany seat-belted in the driver’s seat, bleeding from his head. Both passengers were determined to have died from blunt force trauma injuries. Germany’s blood sample returned a BAC level of .228 and marijuana. The hospital blood test returned a BAC level of .27.