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August 27, 2013
DALLAS -- The Woodburn man who killed a man and injured three people in a car crash in Polk County in January will spend 18 years in prison.
Marcos Antonio-Luz, 42, reached an agreement earlier this month with the Polk County District Attorney's Office to plead guilty to five counts: first-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, two counts of fourth-degree assault, and misdemeanor driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Luz was indicted on 10 charges, but the remaining five were dropped as part of the plea agreement.
"We pursued the plea, partially to not have the victims go through a lengthy trial," District Attorney Aaron Felton said.
Felton also believes with the 18-year sentence imposed by Polk County Circuit Court Judge Monte Campbell on Aug. 5, that justice has been served. Antonio-Luz was recently transferred from Polk County Jail to Department of Corrections custody, Felton said.
Luz was involved in a three-car crash that occurred Jan. 19 on Highway 22 at milepost 6.5 near Red Prairie Road. According to court documents, Antonio-Luz was traveling west in a Ford van when he crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a Toyota sedan. A Dodge pickup following Antonio-Luz was unable to stop in time to avoid the van and pushed it over an embankment.
The driver of the Toyota, Clifford Fagaly, 69, of Silverton was killed in the accident. His wife and passenger, Kerttu Fagaly, was seriously injured. The driver and passenger of the pickup sustained minor injuries.