Michael Dwayne Hughes (Booking Photo)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A Moreno Valley man was found
guilty Tuesday of multiple counts related to a drunken driving crash that
killed a woman and two young girls in Jan. 2013.
A San Bernardino jury convicted 34-year-old Michael Dwayne
Hughes at the San Bernardino Justice Center of three counts of murder. Hughes
was facing murder charges—also known as a “Watson murder”—due to a previous DUI
conviction in which he signed a waiver acknowledging that drunken driving could
potentially kill others and lead to murder charges.
The victims were 13-year-old Haven Penman, of Mira Loma, and
12-year-old Kylan Allen, of Riverside. Allen’s grandmother, 56-year-old L.E.
Mason of Riverside, who was driving a PT Cruiser, was also killed.
Hughes faces 45 years to life in state prison when he is
sentenced in October, following post-trial motions on August 10. This case was
prosecuted by Supervising Deputy District Attorney Michael Dowd and
investigated by the Colton Police Department and the California Highway Patrol.