Man Sentenced in Belmont County Drunk Driving Case


Apologies from the defendant in a drunk driving case out of Belmont County but the victim’s family said they won’t accept his apology and they’ll never forgive him.

Arturo Hernandez was sentenced Friday morning for a drunk driving episode that injured four people. The judge said Hernandez was driving without a license or insurance and his blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

In September, Hernandez crashed into a car, injuring two adults and two children. Their injuries included a collapsed lung, lacerated spleen and broken bones.

“I hope someday you’ll be able to forgive me. I know I’m going to lose everything now. I know I have a problem with alcohol. I’m an alcoholic and I need help,” said Hernandez, through an interpreter.

“I’m glad that Frank Fregiato gave him that max sentence and I hope that when he goes to get reviewed for his green card, that he gets deported,” said the victim’s mother Stephanie Leadley.

“Two children in the car in the back seat, one four, one eight, he very nearly or very easily could have killed all four of them,” said Belmont County Prosecutor, Dan Fry.

The defense asked for a three-year sentence. The judge said no, and gave him eight years, the maximum. He also noted that when Hernandez gets out, he should immediately go into the custody of Immigration and Customs, to deal with his status in this country.

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