A long-time alcoholic who killed a Tucson bicyclist last fall told his sentencing judge the death penalty would be an appropriate sentence for him and he’s having a hard time accepting the fact he killed someone.
The maximum sentence Edward Gomez Nava, 48, faced under his guilty plea was 36 years. Pima County Superior Court Judge Clark Munger sentenced him to 33 years.
Nava struck Albert Eugene Brack, 56, as Brack was riding his bicycle east on East Escalante Road near South Camino Seco in September 2011.
Brack, who was wearing a helmet and riding in the bicycle lane, died at a local hospital.
Officers found Nava on foot and his abandoned 2006 Ford F-150 pickup nearby.
Nava pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aggravated driving under the influence last month. He was facing between 16 and 36 years in prison.
Nava struck Brack in September near Escalante and Camino Seco. Read the rest of the Star’s story.
Read more about Brack and the crash here.