Man pleads guilty in crash that killed 3 sisters

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Updated: 8/13/2014 11:10 am

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Fresno County man has pleaded guilty to murder and other charges in connection with a head-on crash that killed three elderly sisters and injured a fourth sister.

The Fresno Bee reports 56-year-old Tranquilino Figueroa agreed in court Tuesday that his blood-alcohol level was .21, or nearly three times the legal limit to drive, at the time of the January crash.

Prosecutors say Figueroa drove a minivan into a Toyota Yaris subcompact carrying the four women near Sanger.

The sisters who died were Jennie Monreal, Josephine Contreras and Delores Rodriguez, all in their 70s.

Figueroa had previously pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors agreed to a prison term of 18 years to life in prison. If Figueroa had been convicted at trial, he could have faced 45 years to life.

He'll be sentenced next month.

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