Anza man sentenced to 12 years for DUI wreck that killed 2 near Desert Center

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A 21-year-old felon was sentenced Friday, Feb. 12, to 12 years in state prison for driving drunk and causing a head-on collision that killed two people north of Desert Center. Austin Bly Ellington of Anza was 18 years old at the time of the June 29, 2018, crash on state Route 62, east of state Route 177, that killed one of his passengers and the driver of the other vehicle. A jury deliberated less than a day Nov. 6, before finding Ellington guilty of two counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence – he had been charged with DUI gross vehicular manslaughter – and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, along with several sentence-enhancing allegations. The jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of convicting Ellington of
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