Defendant pleads no contest to second degree murder in DUI crash

A Bakersfield man faces a sentence of 30 years to life in prison after he pleaded no contest to two counts of second degree murder for a crash on Labor Day weekend 2016 on Highway 166 near Cuyama that killed two children.
Jerald Brandon Holman is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 18. in San Luis Obispo County Court.
The California Highway Patrol said Holman, 37, was driving drunk and at an extremely high rate of speed on Highway 166 near Spanish Ranch west of New Cuyama when his car went into oncoming traffic and collided with another vehicle
The impact ripped Holman's car in half and the two children, a 7-year-old boy and his 4-year-old sister, were killed.
Several other people were injured in the crash.
Holman's blood alcohol content was measured at .11 several hours after the crash, according to the CHP.