Diego Pichardo, the Santa Fe man convicted of causing a fatal DWI crash that killed Albuquerque hip-hop artist Andrew Martinez and seriously injured another man, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Tuesday, the maximum penalty for his crimes.

State District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer also determined during a hearing marked by the sobbing of the mothers of both defendant and victim that Pichardo’s offenses — vehicular homicide and great bodily harm by vehicle while driving recklessly or under the influence — should be considered serious violent offenses for the purpose of sentencing.

That means Pichardo, 26, will be required to serve 85 percent of his 18-year sentence and won’t be eligible to earn credit for good behavior while serving time in a state prison.

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