CASPER, Wyo. — The attorney for a man imprisoned for a crash that killed two people wants a judge to reduce his sentence, saying the brain injury his client suffered in the wreck is affecting his behavior.
Attorney Robert Oldham told a judge Friday that 22-year-old Tanner Vasquez is getting in trouble in prison because the injury to his frontal lobe affects his ability to reason.
Oldham told Natrona County District Court Judge Thomas Sullins that it might be "cruel and unusual punishment to incarcerate someone who simply can't follow the rules."
Sullins will wait for the results of a mental evaluation of Vasquez before making a decision.
Vasquez pleaded guilty last year to two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide. He is serving two concurrent seven- to eight-year sentences.
Authorities said Vasquez had been huffing "canned air" that's used to blow dust off computer parts before the crash on Halloween evening 2011. Vasquez swerved into the oncoming lane on Bryan Stock Trail in the northern part of the city, authorities said, and his vehicle sideswiped another car at a stop sign and launched off the pavement and into a ditch at more than 50 mph.
Killed in the wreck were 17-year-old Anthony Prince and 21-year-old Jeremy Conrad.
Vasquez was initially pronounced dead after the crash. He was in a coma for a week, and hospitalized for months.