Man who killed former Duck football player sentenced to more than 6 years

Pedro Chavarin Jr.

Prosecutors said Fotu Leiato died of asphyxiation.

Posted: Oct 24, 2019 10:13 AM
Updated: Oct 24, 2019 2:44 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The man accused of crashing his car and killing a former Oregon Duck football player pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence of intoxicants on Thursday.

Pedro Chavarin Jr. was arrested in July 2018 after a crash near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Kinsrow Avenue that killed passenger Fotu Leiato, 21.


Fotu Leiato

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Chavarin has been sentenced to six years and three months in prison and three years of post-prison supervision. His driver's license will be suspended for 10 years.

In court, Chavarin apologized to Leiato's family.

Following the crash, Chavarin told authorities he was the lone occupant of the vehicle. He was taken to the hospital and cited for DUII.

Hours later, a passerby discovered Leiato’s body in bushes near the site of the crash, leading to additional charges.

Prosecutors said Leiato died of asphyxiation. They said the car landed on top of him, and he was most likely unconscious when he died.

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Chavarin was booked back into the Lane County Jail on Sept. 10 for violating the conditions of his security release agreement, according to court documents. They said he failed a breathalyzer test on Aug. 31.

He was not allowed to have or drink alcohol, and as a result, he was required to forfeit his $100,000 security and surrender to the court, the documents said.

Below is Chavarin's apology to Leiato's parents. (The PDF may load more slowly for app users.)

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