College Place man sentenced to 20 years in death of wife, child

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COQUILLE, Ore. -- A College Place man pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter Monday after killing his wife and her 8-year-old son in an August car wreck in Oregon.

Michael Zubriski Jr., 26, was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison by Coos County Circuit Court Judge Richard Barron. In addition to the manslaughter charges, Zubriski also pleaded guilty to two counts of assault for injuring his 3-year-old son and 9-year-old stepdaughter in the crash. He also was charged with driving while under the influence of intoxicants.

Shortly after the crash, Zubriski had a blood alcohol level of 0.02 percent, according to Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier. He also had benzodiazepines, opiates, marijuana and anti-depressants in his system.

The crash occurred Aug. 22. Zubriski had stolen several knives from a Myrtle Point store display case. An employee called the police with a description of Zubriski's car and license plate number, Frasier said in a news release.

A Myrtle Point police officer spotted Zubriski's car on Lampa Lane, but had to continue another half mile before he found a place to turn around, according to the release. He did not turn on his lights or sirens.

Regardless, Zubriski sped away at what one witness estimated to be 90 mph after seeing the police car.

At the first corner, Zubriski's car drifted into the oncoming lane and hit a truck almost head-on, Frasier said.

Natalia Zubriski, 26, died instantly.

Her son, Jolan Wilson, 8, suffered traumatic head injuries and died on the way to the hospital. He was in the center back seat with a seat belt on.

Natalia Zubriski's daughter, 9-year-old Amber Wilson, was partially ejected from the car and sustained a fractured collar bone. She was in a booster seat next to her brother.

The couple's son, 3-year-old Michael Zubriski III, was trapped inside the vehicle with his father and suffered a broken collar bone and significant injuries to his hand. He was in a car seat on the opposite side of Jolan.

Michael Zubriski Jr. had minor injuries.

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