Four families were forever changed on the night of May 12, 2012 when Gilbert Sanchez made the decision to drink and drive.
Members from each family spoke in court Friday as Sanchez prepared for his sentence. The families of the three girls he killed when he plowed into their vehicle at over 100 mph, who told an emotional courtroom that their broken hearts would never heal. Relatives of the man who will now spend almost 70 years behind bars, who shared their devastation for Sanchez's four children, who would now grow up without a father.
And Sanchez himself, who took the stand for the first time Friday. He cried as he read a statement to the families of the victims, apologizing for what he did.
"I'm devastated for the families, I tore everybody up, and I feel like the worst person on Earth," he said.
Our reporter in the courtroom said there was not a dry eye in the room during the court proceedings.
Sanchez was sentenced to 68 years for the deaths of 18-year-old Anisa Montoya, 14-year-old Serena Sena and 14-year-old Selena Mascarenas. The girls were on their way back to Alamosa from Pueblo when authorities say their car was hit by Gilbert Sanchez's full-sized Dodge truck. Investigators say Sanchez was drunk and driving at more than 100 mph when he collided with the girls' vehicle. The girls died at the scene, while two teen passengers riding with Sanchez were ejected in the collision and seriously injured.
Read more about the crash here.
Sanchez, 37, was charged with multiple counts of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
The victims' families said Friday that they hoped Sanchez's punishment would send a message to all people who make the decision to drink and get behind the wheel.