Man Who Ran Over 3 Elderly People in Park Sentenced

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    NBC Bay Area
    Scene where crash took place in 2008.

    A South Bay man who ran over three elderly friends in a San Jose park almost five years ago has been sentenced to 41 years to life.

    Fifty-year-old Armando Ochoa's attorneys argued a brain cyst caused their client to lose consciousness and hit the victims in September 2008. However, tests showed his blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit, and he had a history of drunk and reckless driving.

    A jury convicted Ochoa in January, but he wasn't sentenced until Friday.

    Prosecutors say this was not simply an accident and that three families were forever traumatized by this crash.