“We miss Bobby every day,” Family, friends witness driver who killed BBJ enter guilty plea

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OKLAHOMA - The driver accused of killing KFOR Sports Director Bob Barry, Jr. plead guilty Thursday afternoon.

He will serve two sentences - five years and 10 years to run concurrently.

It was an emotional day at the Oklahoma  County courthouse, as family and friends of our own Bob Barry, Jr. were in court to see Gustavo Gutierrez enter his guilty plea.

He will serve 10 years for cocaine possession and 5 years for causing a crash without a valid driver’s license that resulted a fatality - the tragic death of our friend and colleague, BBJ.

Bob Barry, Jr.’s wife, Gina, and enough loved ones to fill the whole jury box arrived at the courthouse late Thursday afternoon.

27-year-old Gutierrez and his attorney reached a deal with the state and entered a guilty plea for the crime that took our beloved sports director too soon last year.

It was June 20, 2015.

Bobby was riding his motor scooter on North May near Memorial when prosecutors said Gutierrez made an illegal u-turn, causing Bobby to slam into the driver’s side of the car.

Bobby was thrown more than 20 feet, and he died from his injuries.

He was only 58.

NewsChannel 4 learned shortly after the crash that Gutierrez was in the United States illegally and was working for a local roofing company.

Since last summer, he’s been sitting in the Oklahoma County jail charged with causing an accident while operating a vehicle without a driver’s license and possession of cocaine.

In September, Gutierrez waived his right to a preliminary hearing and, Thursday afternoon, he waived his right to a jury trial.

Through an interpreter, Gutierrez plead guilty to both counts.

In his plea paperwork, the judge read what Gutierrez had written, admitting he was driving the car that caused a crash, resulting in the death of BBJ.

He did not make any statement in court and ignored our questions,  uttering only an “I’m sorry” as sheriff’s deputies escorted him out of court.

The judge told Gutierrez deportation is a possibility as a result of his plea.

He’s now in custody of the Department of Corrections.

Bob Barry Jr.’s family was too emotional to talk with us on camera Thursday afternoon but told us "miss Bobby every day.”

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