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Repeat DUI driver sentenced for killing woman in South Sacramento

A driver who had two prior DUI convictions was convicted of 2nd-degree murder after he killed a woman and injured two others while driving under the influence.

The Honorable Laurel White sentenced Angel Bahena to 22 years to life in prison. On October 26, 2023, a jury convicted Bahena of second-degree murder, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, DUI causing injury and DUI causing injury with a BAC more than .08%. The jury also found true allegations that Bahena has one or more prior DUI convictions, personally inflicted great bodily injury and caused bodily injury to more than one victim.

On May 15, 2022, Bahena ran a red light at the intersection of Florin Perkins Road and Elder Creek Road and collided with the victims’ vehicle. Marilyn Pillos sustained fatal blunt force trauma injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  A second victim sustained severe blunt force trauma injuries including a lung contusion, broken ribs and laceration to his liver.  A third victim sustained lacerations to her body.

Bahena sustained injuries and was transported to the hospital. He later submitted to a blood test, which yielded a .11% BAC and a toxicology result that was presumptive positive for cocaine and cocaine metabolite.  Bahena has two prior convictions involving driving under the influence of alcohol. In both of his prior convictions, he was provided with the Watson advisement, 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.

Sacramento County DA

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