Judge accepts plea deal in drunk driving death hours after it was rejected by another judge

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Mecklenburg County judge accepted a plea deal in a deadly drunk driving case, hours after the same deal was rejected by another judge.

Bairon Sandoval and the prosecutor reached an agreement on Thursday in a crash that killed his passenger in February.

The deal said he would plead guilty to the reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter and serve 10 to 20 months.

But Judge Richard Boner disagreed, saying that he couldn't sign off on that short of a sentence for a drunk driving crash that resulted in someone's death.

According to the prosecutor in court, Sandoval admitted he was drinking with three others in a bar in February.

After he and his friends left the bar, police say, Sandoval drove through the intersection of Tyvola and Old Pineville Roads and hit a tree.

The passenger in Sandoval's vehicle, 20-year-old Tatiana Rivera, was killed. Two other people were injured.

At that time, Sandoval was charged with felony death by vehicle, no operator's license, and D.W.I.

Officials said his blood-alcohol-concentration was .10 percent, which is .02 percent higher than the legal .08 percent limit for a 23-year-old, according to North Carolina State Law.

After Judge Boner rejected the plea, Sandoval went before another judge late Thursday afternoon and the plea was accepted and he was sentenced to 12-to-24 months on the involuntary manslaughter charge.

Sandoval must also serve 7 days for the DWI offense. 

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