WORCESTER --A Lowell man who caused a 2005 crash that killed a Leominster woman and her unborn son is back behind bars.
Angel Nieves, 32, pleaded guilty in Worcester Superior Court on Monday to charges of operating after license suspension, the result of a March 2013 arrest in Lowell.
Judge David Ricciradone, who retained jurisdiction over the case, sentenced Nieves to 2 1/2 years in jail with 15 months to serve, and the balance suspended for three years while he is on probation, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.
As part of his probation, Nieves is prohibited from driving and must comply with the orders of the state Department of Children and Families.
In November 2005, Nieves and Carlos Rodriguez, then 19, were drag-racing inbound on the Connector at speeds up to 92 mph, police said. Rodriguez lost control of his car, which flipped and went airborne in the outbound lane, hitting one car then Deborah Hornberger's Subaru Legacy.
Hornberger was killed. Her son, delivered by C-section, also died.
Rodriguez, who had no criminal record, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, motor-vehicle homicide by reckless operation and racing a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to a total of five years in jail followed by five years probation.
Nieves was sentenced to five years in jail for motor-vehicle homicide. He began serving five years probation after he was released on Dec. 1, 2010.
Nieves' sentence included loss of license for 15 years. Upon his arrest last March, Superior Court Judge Heidi Brieger sentenced Nieves to two years in jail for violating probation.
Nieves apologized in court, noting he was just trying to do the right thing and support his 14-year-old daughter.
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