On June 4, Alfonso Diaz-Diaz, 26, entered an Alford plea for DUI, murder and several other charges in Woodford County Circuit Court. An Alford plea is a guilty plea, whereby the defendant does not actually have to admit they have committed the crime, but agrees that the evidence against them is enough to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
On April 21, 2013, Diaz-Diaz was driving drunk, in the wrong direction on U.S. 60 through the town of Versailles, when he crashed his 2001 Volkswagen Jetta into a vehicle driven by 26-year-old Rocky Cohorn of Lexington, according to court documents. Cohorn along with his wife, 23-year-old Wendy were injured in the crash and transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment.
Also injured in the crash were their children, 3-year-old Katlyn Cohorn and 4-1/2-month-old Landon Cohorn. They were both taken to Frankfort Regional Hospital.
Unfortunately, their 5-year-old son, Blake died at the scene from the massive injuries he received during the collision. The family was returning from a weekend trip to Indiana.
Blake attended kindergarten at Harrison Elementary School in Lexington.
Recently, a candlelight vigil was held for Blake on the one-year anniversary of his death. The somber occasion was attended by many of the little boy's friends who said prayers and wrote messages on balloons.
Blake's dad, Rocky remembered his son, saying: "He just loved the moon. Ever since he was really little, he loved the moon. He'd always be looking up," WKYT reported.
The full list of original charges against Diaz-Diaz follows:
One count of second-degree manslaughter, five counts of first-degree assault, one count of first-degree wanton endangerment, one count of driving under the influence of alcohol with aggravating circumstances, and one count of driving without a license.
Diaz-Diaz will be sentenced on August 6. He is expected to receive 25 years in prison, and will not be eligible for parole for 20 years.
Blake's mom, Wendy, recently shared her reaction the punishment the illegal alien will receive for killing her son. She told WKYT:
There's nights I wake up having panic attacks because I dream about him...25 years does not bring back my son's life. In 25 years he's still going to be able to go back to Mexico and see his family. I'll never see my son again until the day I go to heaven."
Disturbingly, Wendy said: "The last time I was in court in front of him (Diaz-Diaz), he stood in my face and he smiled."