Man Sentenced To 15 Years For Killing 3 Girls In Halloween Hit-and-Run

SANTA ANA (CNS/FOX 11) - A man who struck and killed three 13-year-old girls who were trick-or-treating in Santa Ana on Halloween night was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison.

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Jaquinn Ramone Bell, 32, pleaded guilty in March to vehicular manslaughter for the hit-and-run crash in the 1400 block of East Fairhaven Avenue near Jacaranda Street.

Andrea Gonzalez and twin sisters Lexandra Perez and Lexi Perez, all from Santa Ana, were in a crosswalk around 6:45 p.m. Oct. 31 when they were struck by a westbound Honda CRV. All three girls were pronounced dead at the scene.

Santa Ana police said Bell's 17-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter were in the vehicle with him at the time of the crash.

Bell has a lengthy criminal record, dating back to a domestic violence case on Aug. 9, 2008. Bell admitted in a 2009 guilty plea that he "punched my wife ... in the face, giving her a black eye,'' according to court documents.

Bell was ordered to enroll in a one-year program for batterers with a "drug and alcohol component,'' but court records indicate he was found to have violated probation several times over the years for failing to pay fines or fees, completing Caltrans service in lieu of jail time or participating in the court-ordered program.

On June 25, 2010, in Anaheim, he violated a protective order to stay away from his estranged wife. He pleaded guilty three days later and was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, was placed on three years of informal probation and ordered to participate in the program for domestic violence, according to court records.

Most recently, Bell pleaded guilty Aug. 4 to child abuse and endangerment, driving under the influence of alcohol and hit-and-run with property damage, all misdemeanors. According to court records, Bell, who had been involved in a vehicle crash in Anaheim three days earlier, was sentenced to 10 days in jail, put on three years of informal probation and ordered to enroll in a child abusers treatment program.

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