Driver in Fatal Chino Wreck Takes Plea Deal

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Chino Wreck was Head-on into an SUV

Isaac Browning, the man who, according to police, crossed double yellow lines on Highway 89 in his pickup and ran head-on into an SUV, killing husband and wife, Nick and Nona Davirro, in June 2011, has accepted a plea deal that could send him to prison for 28.75 years. A judge deferred accepting the plea until April.

Last October, Browning, 21, turned himself in after an arrest warrant was issued. He was freed on a $500,000 bond that had been lowered to $100,000.

The Accident in Chino

According to Commander Mark Garcia of the Chino Valley Police Department, the victims, Nick Davirro, 91, and his wife Nona, 81, of Chino Valley were driving northbound in their SUV when Browning’s southbound pickup truck drove over the double yellow lines, striking them and causing both vehicles to roll. The Davirros were killed. Browning was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center.

Browning alleges he swerved in order to avoid an object on the roadway. Investigators were unable to find anything that might have been on the pavement prior to the accident.

Marijuana and Oxycodone Were Factors in Chino Wreck

Browning’s blood test indicated both marijuana and oxycodone were in his system. Deputy County Attorney Cynthia Spitler said the blood sample drawn had a high level of oxycodone and that this would likely have caused “extreme sleepiness.”

Sentencing of Driver in Chino Wreck

Browning had been indicted by a grand jury on two counts of manslaughter, one count of criminal damage, and two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Last-minute discussions about a plea deal were deliberated on for hours before Browning accepted an offer that was similar to the original charges. Only one of the DUI charges was dropped.

While probation is an available sentence for some of the charges that will be imposed, Browning still faces up to 12.75 years for each manslaughter charge, 3.75 years on the criminal damage charge, and up to six months in the county jail for DUI-drugs.

Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley deferred acceptance of the plea until April 1, the sentencing date. She said that either side could withdraw from it before that date.

In an unrelated case, police are alleging Browning took his mother’s car and father’s credit cards. Browning pleaded guilty to theft of a means of transportation. Ainley gave him probation on that charge in October 2012.

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