The son of Merced County's district attorney will serve less prison time for a drunken driving crash that killed a man and left his own friend in a coma after a judge reduced his sentence.
Sonoma County Judge Kenneth Gnoss originally sentenced Dylan Morse to 12 years and four months in prison for the Valentine's Day crash. Authorities say Morse ran a red light and struck the car driven by Alexander Ruiz.
Ruiz, 22, was killed and his passenger injured. Morse’s passenger, Ryne Spitzer, has been in a coma ever since.
In reducing Morse’s sentence Wednesday, Gnoss cited his youth, lack of a criminal record and the fact that he pleaded guilty to the charges. The judge reduced Morse's sentence to three years and four months, over objections from Ruiz's family.