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Sentencing delayed in deadly Powhite Parkway crash

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A bizarre twist in the sentencing phase for the Chesterfield teen, convicted of killing two men in a drunk driving accident on the Powhite Parkway.

Just as the judge was wrapping up sentencing for Jose Martinez, the prosecution objected.

The judge sentenced Martinez to three years in juvenile detention, then two years in prison, but the prosecutor wants the entire sentence serviced in prison.  

That teenager is charged for causing a wreck that killed two innocent men back in March. The victims' family will never forget that day and they hope justice is served.

Police say the 17-year-old was driving the wrong way, drunk on the Powhite Parkway, when he crashed into a car, killing the two men.

He was found guilty of DUI and two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Officers tell us Martinez said he had about seven tequila shots and was talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone when he crashed into the other car.

The judge decided Martinez should be tried as an adult not as a juvenile.  

He's now asked for the attorney general's opinion before anything is final.

Sentencing will now be December 29th.

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