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Benitez sentenced to 32 years in prison for quadruple fatal crash

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The only survivor of a drunk driving crash that killed four people in Fitchburg will spend 32 years in prison.

19-year-old Victor Benitez of Madison was sentenced Wednesday in Dane County. He must also spend 20 years under extended supervision once he leaves prison.

A jury convicted Benitez in March on 13 criminal charges in the deaths of four of his friends. Circuit Judge William Hanrahan told Benitez he made, “outrageously bad decisions” when drank alcohol and smoked marijuana and cocaine just before last year’s crash in Fitchburg.

Police said he drove through two stop signs and then rolled his vehicle. He later tried to convince officers he was not the driver.

The crash killed two Madison residents and two from Rockford Illinois, ranging in age from 17 to 25.

Assistant state Attorney General Tara Jenswold called Benitez a thrill seeker who does not feel any remorse for what happened. Benitez said he was a young man who’s learning from his mistakes. 

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