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October 4, 2012

El Paso man convicted in car crash that killed 2

EL PASO, Texas —  

A 23-year-old El Paso man has been convicted of multiple charges for a crash that killed two people and hurt two others riding in his car last year.

The same jury that found Miguel Vargas guilty Wednesday of two counts of intoxicated manslaughter and two counts of intoxicated assault must now decide punishment. Each manslaughter count carry up to 20 years in prison. The assault counts carry 10 years each.

Vargas has been jailed since the December wreck.

Evidence showed Vargas had a blood alcohol level of 0.25, more than three times the legal limit.

The El Paso Times reports he testified at his trial Wednesday that he'd been racing another vehicle, lost control, crashed through a rock wall and into an office building. The car then caught fire.

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