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40 YEARS FOR INTOXICATION MANSLAUGHTER

Guzman-Lopez, AlejandroToday, in the 221st District Court in Montgomery County, Texas, a jury sentenced an intoxicated driver to the maximum punishment allowed by law.  The Defendant, Alejandro Guzman-Lopez was charged with two counts of Intoxication Manslaughter, two counts of Aggravated Assault, and four counts of Failure to Stop and Render Aid, all resulting from a horrific crash on May 17, 2015, on Highway 59 in Eastern Montgomery County  The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated the crash.

This week, prosecutors presented evidence as to how the crash occurred over the course of several days.  Evidence was also presented that the defendant fled the scene after causing the crash, but was caught by a good Samaritan a short distance from the scene.  The defendant had a BAC of .18, along with cocaine and alcohol in his system when the crash occurred.  Bradly and Shea Frazier (husband and wife) were killed in the crash and their minor children (ages 2 and 5 weeks) were injured.

The trial started Monday of this week.  On Tuesday, the defendant pled guilty to all eight charges and the punishment phase began.  The punishment phase concluded today and the jury reached their verdict on sentencing around 12:30 pm.  The jury assessed the follow sentences in each count:

Count 1) Intoxication Manslaughter (for the death of Bradly Frazier) – 20 Years in Prison (the max) and a $10,000.00 fine (the max)

Count 2) Intoxication Manslaughter (for the death of Shea Frazier) – 20 Years in Prison (the max) and a $10,000.00 fine (the max)

Count 3) Aggravated Assault (for injury to a child) – 20 Years in Prison (the max) and a $10,000.00 fine (the max)

Count 4) Aggravated Assault (for injury to a child) – 20 Years in Prison (the max) and a $10,000.00 fine (the max)

Count 5) Failure to Stop & Render Aid (for the death of Bradley Frazier) – 20 Years in Prison (the max) and a $10,000.00 fine (the max)

Count 6) Failure to Stop & Render Aid (for the death of Shea Frazier) – 20 Years in Prison (the max) and a $10,000.00 fine (the max)

Count 7) Failure to Stop & Render Aid (for injury at a child) – 5 Years in Prison (the max) and $5,000 fine (the max)

Count 8) Failure to Stop & Render Aid (for injury at a child) – 5 Years in Prison (the max) and $5,000 fine (the max)

As allowed by law, the State filed a motion to stack the sentences in Counts 1 and 2, which Judge Lisa Michalk granted following the juries sentencing.  This means that the defendants was ultimately given a 40-year sentence and will not be eligible for parole until he serves at least 20 years.  If and when he paroles, he will be deported to his home country of Mexico.

Over this week several people took the stand and today Guzman-Lopez took the stand.  Guzman-Lopez grew up in a very violent area of Mexico and said he didn’t want to go back. He came to the United States illegally and was working at a mechanic shop cleaning up. He would send his earnings to his parents in Mexico.

He admitted to using cocaine just prior to the weekend of the crash. On the day of the crash, he was at a flea market and then went to a friend’s house in the  Channelview area and had been drinking. He said he didn’t feel drunk so he started to drive home to where he lived in Houston.  He said he became lost and realized he was intoxicated when he turned the GPS on. That’s when he said he realized he was speeding because he was getting dizzy. He was also texting and arguing with his girlfriend when he slammed into the back of the Frazier’s Ford Explored on US 59 northbound near FM 2090 in Splendora.

He said he ended up in the ditch and the airbag hit him making him feel unconscious. He was able to squeeze out the door which would barely open and went for his phone. That’s when a beer from fell out of the vehicle from the night before.  Even though nobody testified he even tried to help he told the jury he tried to open the door on the Frazier vehicle but they were jammed. He said he thought they were unconscious.  He said he was scared and ran.  After being tackled and held for police by a good samaritan. An officer told him they were dead. Lopez said prior to the crash he had been involved in five other crashes over time. He had no Texas driver’s license but did have a Mexican driver’s license in his possession. HE said the only other thing he had done was steal a pair of Air Jordans but was caught. Then he said he pled guilty because it was the right thing to do. Not once during the time that he was on the stand did he say he was sorry it happened.

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