LOS ANGELES (AP) A man convicted of causing a deadly commuter rail crash that he blamed on an attempt to commit suicide was sentenced Wednesday to 11 consecutive life terms by a judge who denounced him as a remorseless killer.
Superior Court Judge William Pounders said he would have imposed a sentence of "forever" on Juan Alvarez, if it were possible. Alvarez will not be eligible for parole.
Alvarez parked his gasoline-soaked SUV on railroad tracks in suburban Glendale, where it was struck by a Metrolink train that derailed and struck another Metrolink train traveling in the other direction on Jan. 26, 2005. Eleven people were killed and about 180 were injured.