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Illegal alien pleads guilty to fatal DUI in New Jersey

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On Friday, Rufino Lopez-Cruz, 35, pleaded guilty in Gloucester County Superior Court to one count of vehicular homicide, after causing an alcohol-fueled crash that killed his roommate.

On March 23, 2013, Lopez-Cruz flipped his Ford Explorer on Wolfert Station Road in East Greenwich, which resulted in fatal injuries to the passenger, 59-year-old Santos Perez.

Lopez-Cruz had a blood-alcohol level of .162, more than twice the legal limit, according to court documents.

The Mexican national had no driver's license and was driving with fake license plates at the time of the crash. He speaks no English and required the use of an interpreter throughout his court proceedings.

The South Jersey Times reported:

Under terms of a plea agreement that was reviewed with the family of the victim, Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Bryant Flowers will recommend that Lopez-Cruz be sentenced to five years in state prison on the second-degree crime and that he would not be eligible for parole until he serves 85 percent of the prison term.

He would be subject to three years of parole supervision after prison.

Though in the country illegally, Lopez-Cruz and Perez worked at a local farm together.

Lopez-Cruz will be sentenced on April 4.

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