HOUSTON A jury on Tuesday convictedtwo teens accused of street racing in a crash that killed a mom and her two children.
Christopher Yovino, 18, and his friend, Brett Taylor,17, wereeachfound guilty of three counts of manslaughter.
Friends and family of the accused rushed out of the Harris County courtroom in tears after the verdict was read.
We are devastated. We do not feel that it is a fair verdict, said Kimberly Robinson, Brett Taylor s aunt. We know these boys. We know this was an accident.
Yovino was drivinga Chevy Tahoe that smashed into a minivan in northwest Harris County last September.
The occupants of the van, Mayra Torres and her two kids 14-year-old Christopher Nuno and 6-year-old Katia Nuno were killed.
Every day is a painful day, being at the house, seeing their belongings, said Marcelo Nuno, the victim s aunt. Every day, we can t stop crying for them. This is a pain that will never go away.
Prosecutors say Yovino and Taylor were street racing at the time, traveling at more than 90 mph.
But the teens dispute that claim, saying they were driving only slightly over the 40 mph speed limit.
They never showed any shred of remorse towards what happened, said Nuno. I want this lesson to be a lesson for all teenagers and for all of the parents that you re giving the kids a key to your car. That s a big responsibility.
The punishment phase is now under way. Yovino and Taylor could each face up to 20 years in prison.