Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Jury: Life Sentence for 11 Metrolink Deaths

Jurors voted late Monday that Juan Manuel Alvarez, who was convicted last month of killing 11 people in a Metrolink train derailment in the Glendale area back in 2005, get life in prison instead of the death penalty.

Along with the 11 deaths, more than 180 people were injured, some with lifelong injuries, when Alvarez changed his mind about killing himself on the tracks.

After deciding not to kill himself by suicide, Alvarez' truck got stuck on the tracks. An incoming Metrolink train derailed when it tried to avoid the vehicle and collided with another train.

While a judge could still enforce the death penalty, experts say that is highly unlikely following the jury's verdict.

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