Repeat DUI offender receives 6th guilty DUI verdict

EMBED </>More News Videos

A guilty verdict for a six-time DUI offender, but this time Luis Moreno took the life of a mother of eight. (KFSN)

A guilty verdict for a six-time DUI offender, but this time Luis Moreno took the life of a mother of eight. Moreno hung his head as the verdict in his two-week-long trial was read. The 51-year-old was found guilty on all charges including the murder of Blia Vang and felony DUI-- his sixth DUI conviction.

Moreno was also found guilty of causing great bodily injury to the passenger in the car he crashed into that night back in May 2013 not far from Table Mountain. With a blood alcohol level of .36 Moreno crashed into another car carrying Vang and her husband Yee Her.

"It's just a shame that we had to be here. It's tragic and so preventable these DUI deaths," said Sally Moreno, prosecutor.

Moreno, who prosecutors called a serial DUI offender, changed his story during the trial. Instead saying he got lost he insisted he was driving safely-- even though he had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit for driving.

"It didn't make a lot of sense to me. His story, frankly, started like he was explaining a night of drunken exploits," said Sally.

Moreno's attorney said his client is sorry for his actions but was still hoping he wouldn't be convicted of murder.

"He was, but he also knew this was a tough road with lots of family members lots of tears," said Scott Kinney, defense attorney.

"They don't have their mother and they never will. That's the thing about these DUI deaths, there's no negotiating with death," said Sally.

One of Vang's daughters cried in the audience as the verdict was read. She didn't want to make a public statement.

"Based on the testimony he gave, he still doesn't get it. He doesn't understand how dangerous what he did is and I just think that's the thing we all need to take away from this-- it's very dangerous drinking and driving," said Sally.

Moreno faces life in prison and he will be sentenced next month.
Related Topics:
newstrialDUIdui crashfresnoFresno
(Copyright ©2016 KFSN-TV. All Rights Reserved.)

Load Comments
FRESNO
More fresno

NEWS
More News

Top Stories
Show More