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Driver pleads guilty to DWI crash that killed St. Paul singer

MINNEAPOLIS -- An Apple Valley, Minn., man has pleaded guilty to killing a St. Paul woman in a car crash after drinking and driving last summer in Minneapolis.

Israel Delos Santos, 30, pleaded guilty Friday, Sept. 22, to one count of criminal vehicular homicide -- driving with alcohol concentration above 0.08.

According to the Hennepin County attorney’s office, he is expected to receive 10 years in prison during his Nov. 14 sentencing. Two other counts of criminal vehicular homicide (grossly negligent driving and fleeing the scene) will be dismissed when the judge accepts the plea.

Delos Santos admitted that he had been drinking when he crashed into a Honda Fit driving by Krista Sandstrom, 47, shortly before 6 p.m. June 1 south of downtown Minneapolis.

Prosecutors said the airbag control module in Delos Santos’ Trailblazer showed he was driving 71 mph five seconds before he ran a red light at Park Avenue and East 15th Street.

Delos Santos, who ran from the scene but was later caught by police, had a blood-alcohol level of .021, nearly three times the legal limit.

In his plea agreement, Delos Santos, who has a history of DWI and other driving-related offenseses, said he was so intoxicated he couldn’t recall much of what happened.

When she was killed, Sandstrom, a professional singer who performed with the Minnesota Chorale, was on her way to a voice lesson and, later, to see the end of her 11-year-old daughter’s softball game.