Six year prison sentence for 2012 fatal hit-and-run in Denver

DENVER - Just over one year after he caused a deadly hit-and-run crash in Denver, a 22-year-old has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Jesus Armenta pleaded guilty to causing the Feb. 11, 2012, crash that seriously injured 80-year-old Maximinio Gallegos and killed his wife, 74-year-old Carmelita Gallegos.

That night, Armenta was driving southbound on Federal Boulevard at a high rate of speed and crashed into the Gallegos' Dodge Neon near Alameda Avenue. Denver district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said the Neon was pushed into the northbound lanes of Federal where it was struck by another car.

Armenta drove away after the accident, but was arrested a short time later. In addition to his six years in prison, he was ordered to pay $14,120 in restitution.

Armenta also faces deportation once his prison sentence is served, Kimbrough said.

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