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  • Man pleads no contest in DUI crash that killed his brother

  • Leobardo Lopez enters plea on his 24th birthday
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    The man accused of causing a drunk driving crash that killed his brother has pleaded no contest to manslaughter and will be sentenced on May 30.
    Leobardo Martinez Lopez entered the plea to one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated on Wednesday in Kern County Superior Court in Bakersfield.
    It was his 24th birthday.
    The conviction carries a state prison term of 4, 6 or 10 years.
    Lopez was arrested on March 24, a short time after the car police said he was driving slid out of control on Highway 119 near East Kern Street and slammed into a tree.
    Leobardo's brother, Alejandro Lopez, also known as Alejandro-Martin Lopez, 25, was fatally injured in the crash.
    His heart stopped beating shortly after the crash, but passers-by were able to revive him.
    He died several hours later in Kern Medical Center.
    Leobardo Lopez is being held without bail at the Lerdo pretrial facility because the United States Border Patrol has placed an immigration hold on him.
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