Shana Elliott, 22, struggled to stand and walk after being involved in a car crash that claimed the life of a Texas father and his unborn child. Elliott repeatedly walked the line while telling the cop: "Kill me now, please...I just want them to be OK," said Elliott.
Newlywed Fabian Guerrero Moreno, 23, was driving with his five-months pregnant wife, Kristian Nicole. Moreno and the the unborn child died in the crash.
The jury sentenced Shana Elliott to 10 yearsprobation for one count of intoxication assault, 7 years in prison for one count of intoxication manslaughter, and another 7 years in prison for a second count of intoxication manslaughter. The judge will decide whether the two prison sentences will be served concurrently or consecutively.
During the trial, Elliott said she got out of her car at the scene of the crash and ran to the other car. “I just remember fighting, I wanted to go to make sure they were OK,” she said. She tried to help. She wished it was she who had died, not them. “I’m sorry. I accept responsibility and I know what I did was wrong.” Elliott pleaded guilty.
After the sentencing, Kristian Guerrero, 26, gave a victim impact statement with harsh words. "when you were completely sober on the phone with your boyfriend just months after you murdered my family discussing our fictitious involvement in the cartel. You have shown you are incapable of remorse."
"You murdered my family," said Guerrero. Guerrero was very calm throughout the intense speech, deliberately making eye contact with Elliot who began to sob. “I don’t care about your troubled childhood. I had one, too. It’s no coincidence you haven’t seen my mother and my biological father in this courtroom since this trial has started. I grew up messed up, too. I didn’t have anyone coming to my rescue to bail me out of anything. I had to grow up fast. My husband, his family came over here with nothing. They worked day in and day out for their family,” Guerrero said, adding, “Did you see us out there doing anything illegal? Did you see us out there selling drugs? Did you see us out there murdering people? No. And that’s the difference between you and me.”
"I’m sorry. I’m sorry your family didn’t take the time to correct you. I’m sorry the justice system failed you and never taught you a proper lesson. I’m sorry we even know you exist, because I wish I never did," Guerrero said. "I’m sure you and I have both wished it was you that day instead of him, you’re a murderer and a thief. You stole my life. And you handed me a life sentence that day," she said. "The least you can do is to sit in jail – not just so you can learn from what you’ve done – but so no other family has to know you like I know you," she added.
She closed her harangue with "You're sorry because you got caught".
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