Spook Clifford Meras must complete his prison sentence of 10 to 20 years after testing positive for drugs and otherwise violating his probation in the vehicular manslaughter case.
Meras, now 29, pleaded guilty last year to crossing the center line on U.S. 20 in May 2014, hitting an oncoming car head-on and fatally injuring Eloy and Tillie Montoya, both 74, of Parma. Meras was driving under the influence, police said, and two children in his car were injured.
Third District Judge Christopher Nye case retained jurisdiction, and Meras was released on probation after about eight months of treatment and evaluation.
But he violated that probation in March, and on Monday Judge Nye imposed the original sentence: 10 years before he is eligible for parole plus up to 10 more years. Nye also ordered Meras to pay $17,976 in restitution, a $10,000 civil penalty and court costs. He also will lose his driving privileges for three years after his release from prison.
According to a Canyon County news release, Meras violated his probation by testing positive for both marijuana and methamphetamine, falling behind on his supervision payments and associating with a felon without the permission of his probation officer.
“Mr. Meras has no one to blame but himself for where he is today,” Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor said Wednesday “Two members of our community were killed due to Mr. Meras’s drug use. He had an opportunity to turn his life around but instead decided to go back down the same path that landed him in prison the first time.”