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Drunk driver who killed Angels' Nick Adenhart sentenced to 51 years in prison

December 22, 2010 | 11:11 am

A convicted drunk driver was sentenced to 51 years in prison for the crash last year that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two other people.

An Orange County judge handed down the sentence for Andrew Thomas Gallo, 23, on Wednesday morning.

The April 9, 2009, death of Adenhart just hours after he made his first start of the season for the Angels, pitching six scoreless innings, shocked baseball fans and non-fans alike.

Courtney Stewart, a student and former cheerleader at Cal State Fullerton, and Henry Pearson, a 25-year-old law student who was building a sports-management business, also were killed in the crash.

Gallo had been convicted of driving under the influence three years before the crash and was still on probation when it happened.

When his blood-alcohol level was tested a couple of hours after the crash, it was 0.19%, more than twice the legal limit for driving, officials said.


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-- Mike Anton in Santa Ana

Photo: Andrew Thomas Gallo is led out of court in July. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times