Defendant faces life in prison for deaths of mother and daughter

Vincent Moroyoqui faces life in prison for the drunk driving crash that killed Raeleen Sorensen, 50, and her daughter Raegan Sorensen, 20, in July 2017.
A Kern County Superior Court Jury found Moroyoqui guilty of two counts of second degree murder and two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter Thursday.
Sentencing is set for June 5.

Moroyoqui was speeding east down Highway 119 near Buena Vista Road on July 20, 2017 with a blood alcohol level of .264, more than three times the legal limit, when his GMC truck crossed over from the center line and collided head-on with the Sorenson's Ford Focus.

The prosecution said Moroyoque was driving at speeds up to 99 miles per hour.
Moroyoqui escaped the accident without serious injury.

At the trial, Moroyoqui's attorney David Torres admitted that the defendant was guilty of the gross vehicular manslaughter counts but not guilty of second degree murder.
He contended that Moroyoqui drank whiskey and beer only after the crash occurred because he was distraught.

The prosecution, however, argued otherwise.

Deputy District Attorney Kim Richardson said Moroyoqui was already drunk when the crash occurred and a witnessed testified that he was driving erratically just before the crash. 

Moroyoqui has prior DUI convictions in 2002, 2008 and 2009.

He has been held without bail since his arrest shortly after the fatal collision.