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DUI driver who killed motorcyclist gets 10-year prison sentence

VISTA, Calif. – A man who drove drunk and caused a head-on collision near Bonsall that killed a motorcyclist was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in state prison.

Christopher Henry, 27, was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI in the Aug. 1, 2015, crash that killed 60-year-old Richard Michael Rodriguez.

Jurors acquitted the defendant — who has a 2008 misdemeanor DUI conviction from Riverside County —  of second-degree murder.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Henry allowed his Ford Mustang to drift out of the westbound lane of West Lilac Road into the eastbound lane near Via Giannelli, where the car hit Rodriguez’s Victory motorcycle head-on.

Prosecutor Bob Bruce said Henry admitted to drinking one beer before the accident, but investigators later learned he had been drinking at three places.

Henry’s blood-alcohol level was measured at .08 percent — considered to be under the influence — 90 minutes after the crash, the prosecutor said.