Man gets 30 years in El Cajon drunken driving case

Sep 11, 2014 5:28 PM by News Staff

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - A drunken driver who hit and killed a pedestrian near San Diego then drove off and bought more beer has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Prosecutor Cally Bright tells U-T San Diego that Wednesday's sentence was part of a plea agreement made for 34-year-old Michael Palmer after he pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while impaired and leaving the scene of a crash.

The sentence was enhanced because of priors, including a 2000 conviction for misdemeanor drunken driving and hit-and-run.

Authorities say Palmer had been out of prison three weeks when he went for a drive, killing 20-year-old Jacob Greenwald as Greenwald walked home from work at McDonald's.

The accident was captured on videotape. So was his stop at a store to buy beer.


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