Fatal Drunk Driver Sentenced to 31 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
Friday, January 27, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE - Today, Ofimiano Herrera was sentenced to 31 years in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to 8 charges, including Homicide by a Vehicle, and three charges of Great Bodily Harm by a Vehicle. Judge Alisa Hadfield categorized those charges as serious violent offenses, meaning Herrera will have to serve 85% of the 31 years. 

On March 22, 2015, Herrera had drunkenly led police on a high speed case that ended when Herrera crashed into an SUV. Herrera killed Oscar Almeida, Sr. and seriously injured Almeida's wife, son, and son's girlfriend. Herrera had been previously convicted of a DWI in 2007, which enhanced his sentence by 4 years. 

This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Guinevere Ice, aided by Dorina Roman, Susan Davis, Faith Willmott and Leticia Montez. The primary police investigators were Deputy Gilbert Garcia, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office Traffic Investigation, and Daren Deaguero, Albuquerque Police Department DWI Investigation.