He drank, he drove, he killed three people just outside of Moriarty, and, when all is said and done, he’ll likely only spend nine years in prison.
It’s a stark reminder that life is cheap in New Mexico, and until that changes, New Mexicans will continue to see one DWI tragedy after another.
Caesar Chavez, 52, of Moriarty, pleaded guilty in September to three counts of homicide by vehicle-DWI and one count of causing great bodily harm. He was sentenced last month to 18 years, though with good behavior he’ll only serve half of that.
“I want to say I’m sorry,” Chavez said during the sentencing hearing. “It was an accident. I never had intent to kill anybody. I beg for forgiveness.”