Woman on parole for intoxication manslaughter gets 10 years on latest DWI charge
Longview, Texas (Longview News-Journal) — A Longview woman on parole for intoxication manslaughter in the death of her two-year-old daughter was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday afternoon for drunken driving.
Judge Alfonso Charles handed down the sentence.
“You need to be locked up for a long time to protect society, to protect you, to protect your children,” Charles told 32-year-old Marisol Priego, who was found guilty of her third DWI on Nov. 22. She had elected to have the court decide her punishment after a jury took 30 minutes to reach a verdict.
“I’m sorry for the tragedy you’ve had in your life. I have to protect society and the citizens of this county and this community,” Charles said.
Priego’s third DWI stems from a Jan. 25, 2012, incident in which bystanders found her unresponsive in her parked car. She was taken to the hospital where blood tests revealed she had a blood alcohol level of .478.
“The level of intoxication in the DWI third is extraordinary. The fact that she is alive is remarkable,” said Gregg County Chief Felony Prosecutor Stacey Brownlee, who argued for the maximum sentence on the grounds Priego had multiple priors that were “relatively new,” violated conditions of parole and failed to take responsibility for her actions.
Defense attorney Stephen Smith pleaded for leniency based on the punishment he said his client has to live with.
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