Mexican man sentenced in Belmont County

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A Mexican man, living in Nebraska and working in the pipeline industry, entered two guilty pleas today in Belmont County, in connection with a drunk driving car crash that happened in September.

36-year-old Arturo Hernandez admitted to aggravated vehicular assault and operating a vehicle while impaired. In that crash near Fairpoint, a man and woman in the other car and their two children, ages four and eight, were injured. Today court officials had a Spanish language interpreter on speaker phone, for Hernandez.

Here is a conversation from the court room. Judge Frank Fregiato: “You are a citizen of Mexico, correct?”
Voice of Interpreter: (in Spanish:) “You are a citizen of Mexico, correct?”
Hernandez: “Si.”
Voice of Judge Frank Fregiato:  “You understand that your immigration status may be affected by these pleas in this proceeding?”
Voice of Interpreter: “You understand that your immigration status may be affected by these pleas in this proceeding?”
Hernandez:  “Si.”

Four other charges against him were dismissed, as part of the plea agreement. Hernandez told the judge he is a high school graduate, but reads and writes only in Spanish, not English. His sentencing is set for March 4th.
 

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