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Bakersfield man sentenced to 30-years-to-life for deadly Labor Day crash

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A Bakersfield man will spend 30 years to life in prison for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed two children. 

Jerald Holman appeared remorseful in court Tuesday as he waited to be sentenced. 

Holman told the judge he apologizes to everyone he hurt.

On Labor Day of 2016, Holman was driving over 100 miles per hour on a rural stretch of Highway 166 when he collided with an oncoming car. 

The driver of the car Holman hit, Aaron Pine, was visibly upset when he spoke in court Tuesday. 

Pine said his family members in the car that day were seriously injured and continue to recover from the traumatic incident. 

"I haven't had a full night's sleep since the incident," Pine said in court. "It's because I wake up every night, seeing your son in front of my vehicle and I'm sorry I couldn't do more for him."

The son Mr. Pine referenced was the seven-year-old boy who was riding in Holman's vehicle at the time of the crash.

The young boy, along with his four-year-old sister, were killed instantly. 

They were the children of Holman's then-girlfriend, who was also a passenger but survived. 

Deputy District Attorney Stephen Wagner said Holman's ex-girlfriend wrote a letter to the court vouching that Holman cared for her children like a father and never intended to kill them. 

"She expressed an interest in not having Mr. Holman serve a life term but at the same time, acknowledged that he was culpable and blameworthy," Wagner said. 

That letter, along with several others, led the judge to sentence Holman based on his "extreme recklessness." 

Four hours after the crash, Holman's blood alcohol level was 0.11, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office.  

"Impaired driving is obviously dangerous and you add injury or death to the equation... hopefully the message that is sent by this is that our office is serious about it and it's a very, very serious crime," Wagner said. 

Holman also has a prior DUI conviction. 
 

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