Man pleads guilty in drunk driving deaths of Colts player, Uber driver

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The man charged in the Feb. 4 deaths of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe has pleaded guilty to DUI resulting in their deaths. 

Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of DUI resulting in the deaths of Jackson and Monroe. The two charges Orrego-Savala pleaded guilty to on Friday each carry a sentence of 2-12 years. The plea agreement sets them at 5-8 years each, News 8’s Stephanie Zepelin reports. The sentencing for Orrego-Savala is scheduled for September. 

Orrego-Savala on Feb. 6 was federally charged with illegal re-entry by a previously deported alien. Assistant United States Attorney William McCoskey who is prosecuting this case for the government, said in February that Orrego-Savala faces up to 10 years of imprisonment if convicted.

Police say 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala was using the alias Alex Cabrera Gonsales when he was arrested on the morning of Feb. 4. Police say Orrego-Savala was driving a black Ford F-150 just before 4 a.m. when he hit Jackson and Monroe, who were standing outside a vehicle on Interstate 70. They had pulled to the side of I-70 near Holt Road because Jackson had become ill. One victim was thrown from crash onto the center lane of I-70. That victim was later struck by an ISP trooper who was responding to the crash.

Orrego-Savala tried to flee the scene on foot and was arrested on the ramp to Holt Road by an ISP trooper. Police say Orrego-Savala had a BAC of .239 after the crash.

ICE has provided the following information on Orrego-Savala’s immigration history: 

On or about July 1, 2004: He entered the country illegally without inspection

  • Oct. 27, 2006: ICE deportation officers arrested him in San Francisco for being an alien present without permission or parole
  • Nov. 28, 2006: He was transported to the Eloy (Arizona) Detention Facility
  • Dec. 20, 2006: He was ordered to be removed to Guatemala by an immigration judge in Eloy, Arizona
  • Jan. 17, 2007: He was removed to Guatemala
  • March 26, 2009: He was arrested by deportation officers in San Francisco
  • May 12, 2009: He was removed to Guatemala by ICE officers in Phoenix

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(This story was originally published July 20, 2018)

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