Contra Costa County DUI driver sentenced after killing teenagers

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Colby Sharver was 18 years old when he got drunk and crashed his Subaru Impreza into a group of teenagers. The fatal DUI crash happened in Knightsen in rural east Contra Costa County on Sept. 4, 2021.

Kassandra Sepulveda, 18, and Luis Esparza, 16, were killed. 

Sharver pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and DUI causing bodily injury. 

According to the DA’s Office, Sharver was sentenced to a six-year prison term. He was in custody for 689 days awaiting trial and was granted 3.7 years of credit for time served. 

Sharver will also receive halftime credit.

The DA’s spokesman said, “The remaining time in prison term will be 20 months (or 1.65 years). This includes his halftime credits. Given some of the legal challenges in this case – including a new law that requires the court to impose a prison term of 4 years unless there are other circumstances — this was the best possible course to ensure the families of the victims received some from of justice within the parameters of the law.”


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