GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Hermino Alamilla sat in a wheelchair and sobbed during portions of his arraignment for a crash that killed his passenger.
Alamilla, 30, was charged with felony motor vehicle homicide for unintentionally causing the death Monday of Jerry Ray Ramirez while under the influence of alcohol. He could face up to 20 years and a $25,000 fine if convicted of the charge.
He was also charged with being a habitual criminal, which carries a penalty of 10 to 60 years in prison, because he has twice been convicted of felonies and sentenced to prison.
He also faces misdemeanor charges of refusing to submit to a test and obstructing an officer.
Alamilla has a criminal history in Hall County dating back to at least 2002. The most recent charges stem from a crash just after 2 p.m. Monday that killed Ramirez, 29, of Grand Island. He died when a 1996 Cadillac driven by Alamilla rolled on Highway 281.
According to the Sheriff's Office press release, alcohol is suspected as a possible contributing factor in the crash that also injured Almilla.
In court on Tuesday, Deputy Hall County Attorney Nancy Berger-Snyder requested bail due to a number of prior failures to appear in court going back to 2001. Alamilla was out of jail on bail when the crash occurred, and he has four felony convictions and two prison sentences on his record, she said.