Texan Gets Two Decades In Prison For DWI-Related Probation Violation

As Tasha Tsiaperas reports for the Dallas Morning News, a 30-year-old man from the Dallas area took a big risk and lost when it came to his probation. In 2002, the man got into an alcohol-related car wreck that killed a person, having blown a red light and caused a multi-vehicle pileup.

He was on 10 years of probation following five years behind bars and had twice asked the judge, according to Tsiaperas, to release him from probation, saying that he'd stopped drinking.

But as the result of a recent DWI arrest in May, which violated the conditions of his probation, the judge during a hearing last week sentenced the man to 20 years in prison.

One of the victims injured in the 2002 crash said: "Nothing will make up for it," referring to the man's 20-year sentence. "The parts of my brain that are damaged will never permanently heal."

Because of the serious nature of an intoxication manslaughter charge, a judge is not likely to be sympathetic to a defendant accused of violating his or her conditions of probation. That appears to be exactly what happened in this case.

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