SANTA ANA – A man with a history of driving under the influence was convicted of second-degree murder on Monday (December 12, 2016) for a drunken driving crash that killed a 60-year-old while he slept in his Mission Viejo home.
An Orange County Superior Court jury deliberated for two hours before handing down the verdict for Kourosh Keshmiri, 30, of Mission Viejo. Keshmiri was taken into custody while his family members bowed their heads and softly cried.
He faces 15 years to life in prison when sentenced on Feb. 10. Kenneth Jackson was asleep in his bed at about 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 29, 2013, when a 2005 Cadillac sedan crashed through his bedroom window, crushing him.
The prosecutor said Keshmiri was test-driving his friend’s car with an estimated blood-alcohol level of .19 – more than twice the legal limit. Further, the prosecutor said, Keshmiri was going an estimated 86 mph when he lost control on a sharp curve and barreled into Jackson’s home in the 26000 block of Pacato Drive.
By Kelly Puente, Orange County Register
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