Attorneys are close to a plea deal with a driver accused of causing a collision that killed a Highland High School teen last fall, according to documents filed Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court.
If no agreement is reached, Manuel Contreras-Galdean, 33, will be tried Oct. 26 on charges of aggravated assault and manslaughter in the death of Kelly Tracy, 16, of Mesa, the records show.
Contreas-Galdean has been held without bond in a Maricopa County jail since his arrest Nov. 15.
He also is under an immigration hold; Mesa police said he has been living in the country illegally.
Attorneys this week updated the status of plea negotiations in the case management plan submitted to the court, writing that both parties "anticipate a non-trial resolution of this case."
Prosecutors want Contreras-Galdean to serve no less than 10-and-a-half years in prison and supervised probation if he pleads guilty, the documents stated.
Police said Kelly and her older brother were driving to meet with their marching band Nov. 15 when Contreras-Galdean turned in front of them near Guadalupe and Sossaman roads. Kelly's brother, Matthew Tracy, sustained minor injuries. Kelly died at the hospital.
Investigators said Contreras-Galdean was drunk during the crash and three hours afterward when they obtained a blood sample, court documents show.
Police alleged his blood-alcohol content was .19 - more than twice the legal limit.
Contreras-Galdean also is accused of falsifying employment documents three times between 2003 and 2007. He has pleaded not guilty to three charges of felony forgery.
A pretrial conference where attorneys prepare for the forgery case will take place July 28 at the Maricopa County Central Court Building, 201 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix.