An Orange County judge Friday imposed the maximum prison term allowed, eight years, on a drunken driver convicted of vehicular manslaughter in the death of a 25-year-old UCLA student.
Superior Court Judge William Thomson pronounced the sentence on Jerry James York, 24, of Huntington Beach, who was found guilty Jan. 24 of drunken driving and manslaughter in the Jan. 21, 1984, death of Ha Quoc Vu.
Vu was working on his car on the shoulder of the San Diego Freeway south of the Seal Beach Boulevard exit when York's car struck him.
Trial testimony showed that York had been drinking all the previous evening and on the morning of the accident, which occurred in the early afternoon. York's attorney, Richard Aronson, told the jurors "there's no question that Jerry York was under the influence of alcohol," but argued that his client was guilty of manslaughter at most, not second-degree murder, which the prosecution charged.