A Ventura man charged in connection with a deadly DUI crash that killed two teens and injured two others in Santa Barbara County in 2017 was sentenced last month to 12 years behind bars.
The Jan. 31 sentencing for Brandon Scott Woodward, 21, came after he entered into a plea agreement last November with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.
As part of the agreement, prosecutors say Woodward pleaded guilty to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury in connection with the June 26, 2017 crash where authorities say he drove off a 300-foot cliff on Gibraltar Road. Woodward was 19 at the time.
A count of dissuading a witness was dismissed but the judge was ultimately left to decide how much time Woodward would spend in state prison.
During the sentencing hearing, prosecutors say victims and others spoke about how the crash has affected them and what they felt the appropriate sentence was for Woodward.
The judge handed down a sentence of 12 years, just under the maximum sentence of 12 years and eight months Woodward faced.