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Orange County Man Sentenced to 15 Years to Life for Killing Mother in DUI

Posted by Courtney Pilchman | Aug 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

A man driving under the influence of prescription drugs as well as alcohol was sentenced to 15 years to life in Orange County. Alex Trujillo, of Garden Grove was found guilty by a jury to one count of murder. Trujillo, crashed his car into a woman who was riding her bike with her son on the sidewalk when she was killed.

Catherine Busse was on the sidewalk riding her bike in Seal Beach with her son Samuel Busse at approximately 5:00 p.m. on October 12, 2008. Trujillo, due to his level of intoxication jumped the curb and struck Mrs. Busse at 45 mph. Bystanders called 911 and detained Trujillo at the scene until law enforcement and emergency personnel arrived.

Trujillo was driving with a blood alcohol level of .11 but also had Oxycontin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma in his system. In addition to this DUI, Trujillo also had been convicted previously of the same offense in 2002.

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Courtney Pilchman

Courtney Pilchman was a Deputy District Attorney for over six years prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney. She was a member of some of the most elite prosecution units including crimes against children, family violence, and sexual assault. She prosecuted very high profile cases and had a ...


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