MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The man on trial for manslaughter for a 2013 wreck that killed four young people and seriously injured three others has been found guilty of four counts of criminally negligent homicide and three counts of assault.
On Thursday, Adrian Michael Renteria learned his fate for the wreck that occurred on Highway 431 in Guntersville.
The vehicle Renteria was driving hit a truck that was carrying nine people both inside and in the bed of the truck which rolled over and caught fire.The accident resulted in the deaths of Ryan Lawson, Blake Keener, Reuben Pacheco and Maegan Cordell; John Chapel and Trey Brothers were seriously wounded and are facing physical problems even today; and Beth Kuhn was paralyzed.
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Renteria breathed a sigh of relief coming out of the courthouse Thursday convicted of seven misdemeanors and no felonies.
"God is amazing," said Renteria.
But reaction from the families of seven victims on the jury's decision was just the opposite.
"I don't know whether they knew the difference between the charges and what the sentences are but now these are misdemeanors and there's four people dead," said Samantha Malony, Pacheco's sister.
"I think that misdemeanors for what he's done is ludicrous," said crash victim John Chapel. "The lives that have been lost. Where are those going to come back from? He hasn't lost his life."
The brother of one victim called it a tragedy now and in the future.
"This man's going to go free and he'll be able to drive down the road and never think about it again," said Damon Parker, Pacheco's brother.
Defense attorneys asked for Renteria's bond be substantially lowered. The judge has not yet ruled and a sentencing date is not set at this time.
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