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Driver in Crash That Killed Actor Trinidad Silva Given 10 Years

October 5, 1988 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A man who pleaded guilty to causing the traffic accident that killed actor Trinidad Silva Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in state prison.

Douglas Robert Owen, 35, of La Habra, who pleaded guilty last month to vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and hit-and-run charges, was given the maximum sentence allowable by law, said prosecutor Dinko Bozanich.

Silva, who appeared on the television series ″Hill Street Blues″ and in the movies ″Colors″ and ″The Milagro Beanfield Wars,″ was thrown from his truck and killed when Owens’ car ran a red light and collided with Silva’s truck at a Whittier intersection July 30.

Silva’s wife, Sofia, and 2-year-old son, Samuel, suffered minor injuries.

Owens will be eligible for parole in five years, Bozanich said.