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Charges reduced in vehicular homicide case
Kevin A Padilla Alvarez 2017
Kevin A. Padilla Alvarez
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Brandon Eduardo Sanchez

Two 19-year-olds were sentenced to Hall County work release after a plea deal last month on a vehicular homicide case, according to court documents.

Kevin Padilla Alvarez and Brandon Eduardo Sanchez took negotiated pleas May 22 that amended the vehicular homicide charges from first degree to second degree. Second-degree vehicular homicide is a misdemeanor charge.

Alvarez and Sanchez were charged following an incident Oct. 30, 2017, that killed Jesus Martinez-Mondragon, 17, of Oakwood.

Sanchez was driving southbound with Martinez-Mondragon as his passenger on Millside Parkway.

Gainesville Police said Sanchez was “racing another vehicle when he lost control, crossed the median and struck a tree.”

Alvarez pleaded guilty to racing, an amended charge of too fast for conditions and speeding and was given a total sentence of 48 months.

Sanchez pleaded guilty to racing, too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane and violation of permit restrictions for a 60-month total sentence.

After the first 24 months, the rest may be on probation for both men.

Attorneys for Alvarez and Sanchez did not return a request for comment Friday, June 14.

Both licenses are suspended, and Superior Court Judge Clint Bearden imposed a condition of “no driving until after 21 years old.”

“After 21, (the defendants) may reinstate license but may only drive to and from work, hospital, counseling or upon completion of all other terms and conditions of probation,” according to the sentence.

Both men are also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service work, which Bearden stipulated “must be completed at high schools regarding reckless driving and at locations at victim’s family’s request,” according to court documents.


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