An Omaha man will be sentenced in August for drinking, driving and causing the deaths of two young daughters of his then-girlfriend.
Christopher Phelps, 36, faces up to 40 years in prison. He pleaded no contest Tuesday to two counts of motor vehicle homicide for the Oct. 10 deaths of 5-year-old Mela Skye Torry and 4-year-old Laela Torry-Tooley.
Phelps and the girls' mother, Chanelle Torry, had been arguing that night when she asked him to take her and her three daughters home.
Phelps took off as Torry was buckling in the children. Torry said she didn't have time to put seat belts on the still-sleeping Mela Skye and Laela before Phelps began pulling out of his driveway at 8741 Quest St.
Authorities say Phelps sped off, lost control of the vehicle less than a block away and flipped it into a ravine.
Authorities said the two girls were ejected and crushed under the vehicle. Their younger sister, Bri'Elle Torry, escaped injury. Chanelle Torry suffered fractures to her ribs and back.
According to an investigator, Phelps told Douglas County sheriff's deputies that he didn't mean to hurt the children.
Phelps also reportedly told a deputy that he had been drinking all day. His blood-alcohol content was .161 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08.