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News: Man pleads to vehicular homicide in Albuquerque drunk driving crash

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – A man who was charged in a deadly drunk driving crash in Albuquerque has now pleaded no contest to vehicular homicide.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, 26-year-old Jordon Johnson entered the plea in connection with the incident that took place on Christmas Eve 2018.

Prosecutors said Johnson was speeding that night as he drove on Coors Boulevard NW and went through a stop light at Fortuna Road NW.  His vehicle crashed into a Jeep driven by 56-year-old Kelly Chavez, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  Chavez had been driving home from a party, his sister said.

Johnson’s blood alcohol level when he was arrested indicated he had been driving drunk, according to investigators.  He will face up to 19 years in prison when he is sentenced.

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While pursuing a major in history and French at Rice University in the early 1990s, I spent a year studying at La Sorbonne in Paris in 1991. I received my B.A. from Rice University in 1993 and continued to focus on writing — mostly fiction and plays — for a year before entering New Mexico University School of Law. Since then, my team has helped to recover more than $100 million for our clients. Though my firm has grown quickly to fill the legal needs of our community, it has retained its focus on providing excellent service to clients.