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Angels pitcher Jered Weaver said he found out about the verdicts in a text message from a team official.
"Obviously, we're glad to see that the guy got what was coming for him, but that's pretty much all I can say. Hopefully it put a little closure to what the families had to deal with," Weaver said.
Said Angels manager Mike Scioscia: "There's certainly no joy involved, but I think it's some closure for a number of families that have been just going through the worst nightmare for a family."
"Nothing that happened today is ever going to bring Nick, Henry and Courtney back or erase that tragedy in the life of the kid who survived, Jon Wilhite. But I think it inches all of us toward a sense of peace, and we're just going to continue to move on," he said.
Prosecutors alleged during the two-week trial that Gallo, whose blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit, spent hours drinking beers and shots with his stepbrother at three different bars before running a red light and T-boning the car driven by Stewart.
Prosecutor Susan Price told jurors that Gallo had been repeatedly warned by friends, family and court officials about the dangers of drinking and driving, but his arrogance and need to party prevented him from learning the lesson.
Goodman contended the district attorney's office had overstepped by charging Gallo with murder.
She said her client believed his stepbrother was his designated driver and only drove after his stepbrother became too intoxicated and asked him to take the wheel. By that point, she argued, Gallo was too drunk to realize the consequences of driving drunk.
During the trial, prosecutors played a videotaped interview in which Gallo told police he didn't remember driving and apologized to the families of the victims.
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