FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- April 15, 2019
Contact: Scott Alonso, 925-957-8638
Defendant Sentenced to 135 Years to Life for 4 Counts of Murder from 2017 Fatal DUI Collision
Martinez, Calif. – On April 12, 2019, 48-year-old Sacramento resident Fred Lowe was sentenced to 135 years to life in state prison by the Honorable John W. Kennedy. Lowe was convicted of seven felonies by a Contra Costa County jury, including the murder of four victims from a collision caused by Lowe in November 2017. Lowe was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and he had five prior DUI convictions.
The four deceased victims are Joseph Horn, his father Daryl, Baden Biddle and his father Troy Biddle. Joe Horn’s older brother Jared was the driver of the Nissan Rogue and was only slightly injured. The Biddle Family were relatives of the Horn’s visiting from out of state over the Thanksgiving weekend.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), drunk driving remains the number one killer on the roadways in the United States. Tragically, almost 11,000 people are killed each year in drunk driving crashes. Two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
"MADD commends Prosecutor Derek Butts and the court system for ensuring justice in this case," said MADD National Board Member Carol Leister who attended the sentencing hearing. "The Horn and Biddle family suffered the ultimate consequences of drunk driving and MADD will always be here for them and other families who’ve been impacted by this 100 percent preventable crime."
Case information: People v. Fred Douglas Lowe, Docket Number 05-181540-6