A former Marine faces jail time if he is convicted of drunk driving and manslaughter in connection with a crash that killed one of the passengers in his car.
According to reports, Andrew Stueber, 27, was drunk when he drove his Ford Mustang into a tree, causing the vehicle to tear in half and kill his front seat passenger while injuring two others. His blood alcohol level two hours after the crash was .09 percent.
Prosecutors allege that Stueber was driving at twice the legal speed limit of 35 miles per hour in San Clemente when the crash occurred. He lost control of the vehicle and it veered across the street and hit a tree. The impact caused the car to split in half and Edmund Vandecasteele, 22, the passenger in the front seat, died at the scene.
The two other passengers suffered severe cuts and bruises and Stueber was admitted to the hospital with serious head trauma.
Stueber rejected a plea deal that would have reduced his sentence to six years if convicted and chose instead to go to trial. Now he faces a 12-year term and pled not guilty to the manslaughter charge.
Stueber was stationed at Camp Pendleton at the time of the crash. The base has since honorably discharged him, according to his attorney.
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