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Driver Guilty in Motorcycle Death of Murrieta Man

Jose Lujan pleaded guilty to DUI with gross vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in state prison.

A Vista man who killed a motorcyclist from Murrieta while driving drunk on Clinton Keith Road in Wildomar has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison.

Jose Castillo Lujan, 30, pleaded guilty Aug. 23 to DUI with gross vehicular manslaughter in the death of Jon Boehning, 47, of Murrieta.

Lujan also pleaded guilty to driving without a license.

As part of the plea agreement, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Freer dismissed one count each of vehicular manslaughter while being intoxicated without gross negligence, DUI and DUI with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent. 

Before sentencing the defendant, Freer delivered a stern lecture on the perils of drunken driving.

“If you continue to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both, and as a result of your driving, someone is killed, you can be charged with murder,” Freer admonished the defendant.

Lujan also apologized to the victim's family, according to court records.

Lujan was detained at the scene and subsequently arrested for allegedly driving a silver pickup under the influence of alcohol and gross vehicular manslaughter, said Sgt. Steve de la Vara of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

According to de la Vara, deputies responded to ,  near the intersection of Clinton Keith Road and Palomar Street.

Boehning, who sustained serious injuries during the crash, was transported to Inland Valley Regional Medical Center, but doctors were unable to save him and he was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Aug. 14, according to the Riverside County Coroner's Office.

Boehning was married and the father of two sons. to benefit his family was set up in his name at Bank of America branches.

Read his obituary here.

Maggie Avants contributed to this report.

JJ Mclure September 04, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Check the guy for illegal status
WrigsMom September 04, 2011 at 07:10 PM
What is it with these short sentences for murder?? I don't get it! If he had used a gun or beat him to death he'd be up for life. He gets behind the wheel of a car and gets 10 and will be out before then.
LetFreedomRing September 06, 2011 at 12:10 AM
And the douchebag JJ strikes again!
rick kim April 22, 2012 at 01:20 AM
cannot believe that the driver only got 10 years for murdering my friend. Our justice system really sucks. The driver should at least get 20 years.....

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