Bittersweet justice indeed:
The driver implicated in the death of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others was convicted of murder on Monday.
Andrew Gallo, 23, was convicted on three counts of second-degree murder and single counts of drunken driving, hit-and-run driving, and driving under the influence and causing great bodily injury. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 10. The counts could carry a sentence of 50 years to life in prison.
Adenhart, 22, Courtney Stewart, 20, and Henry Pearson, 25, died as a result of the April 9, 2009, accident. Another passenger in the car, Jon Wilhite, survived but was severely injured.
Prosecutors decided to pursue a charge of second-degree murder, rather than a lesser charge of manslaughter, because of Gallo's previous drunken driving infractions, according to an Associated Press report. At the time of the accident, Gallo's blood-alcohol level was believed to be nearly three times the level at which California law considers a driver intoxicated.
Adenhart was a promising young pitcher for the Angels. He had won a spot in the starting rotation during Spring Training. Just hours before the crash, he had thrown six scoreless innings in his season debut.
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