HANFORD — Surrounded by pictures of the family he killed, the Tulare man found guilty in a fatal March 2017 crash was sentenced Monday to serve 45 years to life in prison, Kings County District Attorney officials said.
After a five-day jury trial last month, Adalberto Carillo Lara was found guilty of three counts of second degree murder; three counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated; one count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury; and one count of driving under the influence while having 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his blood and causing injury.
Lara’s case resulted in the death of three members of the Wimbley family from Corcoran: Alphonso Wimbley, 55, Kristen Wimbley, 44, and their 13-year-old son, Kyan Wimbley.
Around 8:30 p.m. on March 27, 2017, California Highway Patrol officers said the Wimbley family was traveling southbound along Highway 43 when Lara’s vehicle struck the passenger side of their vehicle while he was traveling eastbound along Idaho Avenue.
When CHP officials arrived on scene and spoke to Lara, they said he seemed to be unsteady on his feet, had a strong odor of alcohol and his speech was slurred. Later tests revealed Lara’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.17 percent, and was most likely closer to three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.
After an extensive investigation, officials said they concluded that the Chevrolet Equinox being driven by Kristen Wimbley had the right of way and the primary cause of the collision was Lara driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop at the posted stop sign at Idaho Avenue.
The calculations of the investigation team revealed that Lara was traveling in excess of 70 mph and did not slow or stop at the limit line prior to the collision.
At his sentencing hearing on Monday, DA officials said Judge Donna Tarter handed down the sentence: 15 years to life in prison for each of the second degree murder counts.
Assistant District Attorney Kathy Ciuffini, who prosecuted the case, said around seven people gave victim impact statements at the hearing, including several friends and family members of the Wimbleys. She said family members requested that photos of Alphonso, Kristen and Kyan Wimbley be placed around the courtroom during the hearing.
“It was a very sad and emotional hearing,” Ciuffini said, adding Lara did not speak or give his own statement.