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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The man who killed three members of a family last Christmas Eve will spend at least five years in prison before getting his first parole hearing.
The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole has scheduled a hearing for Carlos Prieto in February 2012.
Prieto pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree felony automobile homicide in the deaths of Cheryl Ceran and two of her children, Ian and Julianna.
Prieto told police he had consumed five beers before the crash. His blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.
Gary Ceran, the husband and father of the victims, appeared in court with one of his two surviving children at Prieto's sentencing to ask for leniency for the man.
Prieto was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
The Ceran family was headed home from a performance of "A Christmas Carol" in which Gary Ceran had performed as Bob Cratchit when the crash occurred.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune
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