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Woman Receives 18 Years for Fatal DWI Crash

Destiny Baker2 years ago

A San Antonio woman has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for intoxication manslaughter in connection with a fatal accident that occurred in December 2013.

About the Fatal Accident

According to the San Antonio Express-News, 41-year-old Stacy Bridges was killed when her car was struck by a vehicle driven by Genevieve Marie Pantoja, 22, near the intersection of Perrin Beitel and Loop 410.

Pantoja, who was later determined to have a alcohol blood content twice the legal limit and was also determined to be under the influence of illegal drugs, had run a red light, causing the fatal accident.

Bridges suffered severe head trauma during the accident and was remained in a coma for weeks before passing away.

Jurors Sentence Pantoja to 18 Years

Earlier this week, Pantoja pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter. Juror were then tasked with deciding her sentence with a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.

Pantoja’s defense attorney argued that his client should receive probation. The attorney claimed that Pantoja had been sexually abused and that she had turned to drugs as a way to cope with that abuse.

The prosecution responded by showing evidence that Pantoja had continuously violated her pre-trial bond by abusing drugs and alcohol after the fatal accident. Further, the state argued that Pantoja has taken the exact same “cocktail” of drugs that she had abused the day of the crash.

Jurors opted for an 18 year sentence. Before being led away, Pantoja was confronted by the daughter of Stacy Bridges, Brittany, who told Pantoja, “You put a sense of emptiness in my heart I don’t think will ever go away. You have no clue the destruction you’ve caused.”

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