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Repeat DUI offender sentenced

DUI offender who killed Angel Cuevas sentence (Source: Family) DUI offender who killed Angel Cuevas sentence (Source: Family)
It was an emotional day in a Cleveland courtroom as the deadly dangers of drinking and driving were graphically illustrated.

A repeat drunk driver was sentenced for killing a man after he had been given three chances to change his ways.

Angel Cuevas had just left a friend's home after helping him paint. 20 feet onto Fulton Road on his motorcycle, Cuevas was hit head-on by a car driven by Leslie Maldonado.

Maldonado is a repeat drunk driver who tested at three times the legal limit. He fled the scene and was caught later hiding in an alley.

Neighbors subdued him until police arrived, as his mug shot shows.

The impact of the crash created a loud boom that woke neighbors. It was clear that Cuevas was seriously injured. Several people came out and prayed while he took his last breath.

Thursday, Maldonado appeared in court for sentencing. Dozens of Cuevas' relatives packed the courtroom, including his grief-stricken mother who was too upset to speak.

"That was like my best friend. We was never apart ever," said Adam Cuevas, Angel's brother.

Cuevas left behind a 3-year-old daughter, Mariah.

"She says 'grandpa, daddy's been dead long enough. Can you tell God to wake him up and send him back to me? I want my daddy back home,'" said Angel Cuevas Senior.

Prosecutors projected bar receipts that showed Maldonado had eight drinks that night, many of them while he was on the clock for a local utility.

He struck Cuevas only 45 minutes after getting off work.

"I never ever wanted this to happen to anyone and I've done it," Maldonado told the court.

Maldonado was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison.

"I don't hate you. I don't hate you. I hate your disease. I hate alcoholism and I hate that you had to learn your lesson this way," said Cuevas' sister Angel Gabriel.

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