Jared Ray Hale, a 28-year-old former marine sergeant will spend 11 years in state prison for his involvement with a fatal DUI.
Hale received a sentence of 11 years in prison for killing three of his fellow marines when driving under the influence and crashing into a tree.
On December 10, 2014, Hale was found guilty for one felony count for DUI causing body injury for each fellow marine. He was also found guilty of driving with a BAC of .08% or more causing bodily injury. Hale also faced sentencing enhancements and allegations of driving with a BAC over .15% and causing great bodily injury.
According to police, the night of the DUI, Hale arrived at Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point with his three friends — Christopher Arzola, 21, Jeremiah Callahan, 23, and Jason Chleborad, 22 — around 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2012. The group of marines left the bar around 1:50 a.m. on Feb. 14, 2012. Hale was driving his Dodge sedan. A few minutes later, while approaching a curve in the road, Hale lost control of the vehicle. The sedan drove over the center the median and then crashed into a tree. The impact was on the passenger’s side of the car. The sedan then spun around the tree and stopped against a second tree on the median.
Callahan and Arzola were pronounced dead at the scene. Chleborad was transported to a local hospital. He later succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. Hale was knocked unconscious. He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for brain trauma and a fractured arm.
Victim’s families spoke during Hale’s sentencing.
“This will be the third time that I will describe the thoughts, pain, and loss of my best friend and son JC,” said Callahan’s father. “The anguish that you feel does not compare to the lifelong emptiness that you will begin to experience very soon in your life.”
“This situation has drug on for almost three years,” added Chleboard’s father. “You had the opportunity to stand up and be a man, apologize, and take responsibility for your actions. You chose not to.”
Source: CBS News, Former Marine Sentenced To Jail In Fatal DUI Crash, January 30, 2015
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