A 17-year-old boy who pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence for causing a crash that killed a taxi driver last year has been sentenced in San Mateo County Superior Court to more than 13 years in state prison, a deputy district attorney said today.Juan Carlos Bravo, who has been in custody in lieu of $1 million bail since the crash on El Camino Real at 31st Avenue in San Mateo on the morning of Oct. 13, 2008, was sentenced Friday to 13 years and eight months in prison, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Bravo, who was 16 at the time of the crash, was speeding north on El Camino Real in a Volkswagen Jetta with two passengers at about 6:15 a.m. when he drove through a red light and slammed into the taxicab, San Mateo police said.The taxi driver, 48-year-old Redwood City resident Michael Prescott, was pronounced dead at the scene. The two passengers were trapped in the Jetta, which was on fire, as Bravo fled. San Mateo police officers managed to pull the two from the burning vehicle, police said.Bravo was arrested after police found him hiding behind a nearby building. On June 25, he pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run resulting in injury, driving under the influence of alcohol and causing bodily injury, and the special allegation of inflicting great bodily injury.
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