SANTA ANA, California — A drunk, speeding driver has been sentenced to 15-years-to-life in prison for plowing his car into a man’s bedroom, killing him as he slept.
Kourosh Keshmiri, 30, had been driving 86 miles per hour through a 25-mile-per hour residential zone in Mission Viejo, California early in the morning of Dec. 29, 2013, when he lost control and slammed into a home.
The crash sent Keshmiri’s 2005 Cadillac through the front bedroom of the home, where 60-year-old Kenneth Jackson was sleeping. Jackson died instantly.
A jury convicted Keshmiri of second degree murder in December.
Prosecutors say Keshmiri shouldn’t have been behind the wheel at all that day. He had a prior misdemeanor DUI conviction in August 2010 and a pending case from June 2013, six months before the fatal crash, for which his driver’s license had been suspended.
The Orange County District Attorney’s office said that when Keshmiri was convicted of the 2010 DUI, he was warned that he would face murder charges if anyone died as a result of him driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the future.
Friends said Jackson had served in the Peace Corps and had helped many people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction get their lives back together.