Selma man pleads guilty in fatal hit-and-run
Posted June 25, 2013
Smithfield, N.C. — A Selma man was sentenced Tuesday to more than eight years in prison for a fatal hit-and-run last year, authorities said.
Jose Rumildo Canales pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, felony hit-and-run and driving while impaired. He was sentenced to 100 to 132 months in prison, and authorities said he will be deported to Honduras after his sentence is completed.
Canales hit and killed Carlos Velasquez, 34, on River Road in Selma on Aug. 18, authorities said. He then drove home and parked his damaged Honda Acura in his driveway, where officers later found it.
When he was arrested, Canales had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19, more than twice the level at which drivers are considered impaired under North Carolina law, authorities said.
He also had a previous DWI conviction in Johnston County in 2008, authorities said, which allowed prosecutors to charge him with murder in Velasquez's death.