PUEBLO, Colo. - A Pueblo man pleads guilty to killing three teenagers from Alamosa while driving drunk.
The three teenagers were in Pueblo for a church event April 28, 2012 when police say 37-year-old Gilbert Sanchez crashed into the girls' car. Sanchez had two teenagers in the bed of his truck. They were ejected out of the truck but survived. The girls in the other vehicle died.
At court Wednesday, Sanchez pleaded guilty to five of the 15 charges he faced. Margie Gonzales was in the courtroom to hear the fate of the man who killed her granddaughter, 18-year-old Anisa Montoya.
"This man took my only granddaughter. I will never have another granddaughter," Gonzales said. She made the trip to Pueblo from New Mexico so, she says, she could begin to heal.
"I needed to hear him say he was guilty," Gonzales said. "I waited 300 plus days to hear him say that and to say 'I'm sorry. I did it.'"
Sanchez pleaded guilty to driving drunk the night of April 28, when he killed three teenage girls. A roadside memorial on Pueblo Boulevard and Northern Avenue is a painful reminder of the three lives lost that night: Anisa Montoya, Serina Sena and Selena Mascarenas.
"No matter how we slice this pie, he was drunk. And for that he had to pay," Gonzales said.
Gonzales says her granddaughter was a faithful woman, well liked by everyone. She was student body president, just one month shy of graduating from high school. "One day I hope to see her, but today she's not here," Gonzales said.
Sanchez asked the judge if he could stay free on bond until he is sentenced so he could spend time with his children, but the judge denied that request.
Sanchez will be back in court May 17 for sentencing. He could face up to 68 years in prison.