Drunk Driver Who Killed Three Kids in Crash Pleads Guilty - NBC 6 South Florida

Drunk Driver Who Killed Three Kids in Crash Pleads Guilty

Gabriel Delrisco faces 45 years behind bars for DUI manslaughter charges

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    The Serrano family's minivan in the aftermath of the Jan. 25, 2009 crash that killed the three Serrano children in South Miami-Dade.

    The drunk driver who plowed into a family minivan in a violent 2009 wreck in South Miami-Dade that killed three children has pleaded guilty to three counts of DUI manslaughter.

    Gabriel Delrisco, 42, is facing up to 45 years in prison when he'll be sentenced on April 28, according to the Miami Herald.

    Delrisco didn't work out a plea deal and is hoping the judge will show mercy during sentencing.

    "We really feel there was no viable defense to this case," Delrisco's attorney, Michael Catalano told the judge during the emotional hearing Wednesday.

    Delrisco was driving at speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour when he slammed into the back of the Serrano family minivan on Jan. 25, 2009 as it sat at a red light. Killed in the crash were 10-year-old Hector, 7-year-old Esmeralda and 4-year-old Amber.

    Toxicology reports put Delrisco's blood-alcohol level at over three times the legal limit.

    On Wednesday, a teary-eyed Delrisco offered the Serrano family a brief apology.

    "I'm sorry. So sorry," he told them.

    Father Hector Serrano Sr., who survived the horrific crash, said the apology was too little, too late.

    "Now he wants to say he’s sorry," Serrano said after the court hearing, according to the Herald. "But it’s too late. He came and destroyed our entire family."