Intoxicated Manslaughter Conviction Means Jail Time for Texas Man

Getting convicted of a DWI often means penalties such as fines or a short prison sentence. But what happens if you are drunk driving and cause a fatal accident? Being charged with the second-degree felony intoxication manslaughter charge is a serious matter.

Just yesterday, a Texas man who was convicted of intoxication manslaughter was sentenced to 10 years in jail. The fatal accident occurred over a year ago when the man crashed into another vehicle, killing the passenger. He had been driving while intoxicated.

The passenger and a coworker had been driving home from work when the man slammed into their vehicle head on. According to the report, there were beer cans all over the highway as a result of the crash. The driver was not killed, but sustained several injuries.

The man who caused the crash was 19-years-old at the time of the accident. The young man had previously been cited for possession several times. And though the prosecution felt it was a valid point to bring up, the young man has thus far passed all random substance testing since the accident.

Though the young man could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison, which is the maximum for this type of conviction, he was given a lighter sentence and is also eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence.

It is clear that this type of tragic accident affects the family of the victim. Their lives are changed as they try to move forward after losing a loved one. But for the young man, driving while intoxicated has also changed his future. His criminal conviction will stay with him after he leaves prison, especially affecting his ability to find a job.

Source: CBS19 online, "Pillsbury sentenced to 10 years in prison for DWI manslaughter," 08 December 2010

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