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DRIVER IN FATAL CRASH GIVEN 30 DAYS WEEKEND TIME ON PRIOR DWI IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

On Saturday January 28, 2017, at approximately 2 AM, Ryan McLaughlin, 31, of 17130 Beaver Springs in Houston, was operating a white 2002 Dodge Ram southbound in the 12300 block of the Eastex Freeway southbound feeder Rd. Alexis Almanza was operating a black 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer westbound in the 5300 block of Aldine Mail Rd, with Zulema Gonzalez seated in the front right passenger’s seat. McLaughlin disregarded a red light, entered the intersection of the Eastex Freeway southbound feeder Rd and Aldine Mail Rd, and struck the passenger’s side of the Chevrolet. Gonzalez was found on scene with no signs of life. McLaughlin, after a blood draw, was found to be almost 4 times over the legal limit of .08 of intoxication. His first DWI was in St. Helens, Oregon on April 25, 2011. He then came to Texas and got his second DWI in Montgomery County on November 3, 2015. For that charge he was able to plea bargain in Judge Turner’s Court 4, to 30 days in the Montgomery County Jail. On May 20, 2016, he began his weekend time. Those weekends which kept him off the streets ended on June 12, 2016.  Now, just over 7 months later, McLaughlin remains in the Harris County Jail with a $100,000 bond. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges on McLaughlin. This case remains open and is currently under investigation by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Division.

McLaughlin has been handled several times in the past for offenses.

THEFT $50 TO $500-HARRIS COUNTY-DISMISSED-6/2004

BURGLARY MOTOR VEHICLE-HARRIS COUNTY –6/2004-25 DAYS

POSSESSION MARIJUANA-HARRIS COUNTY-6/2004-25 DAYS JAIL

POSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE-4/15/2006-HARRIS COUNTY-70 DAYS AND DRUG CLASS

THEFT-3/12/2008-GALVESTON COUNTY

DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE-ST. HELENS, OREGON 4/25/2011

DWI 2ND-11/3/15-MONTGOMERY COUNTY-30 DAYS WEEKENDS

 

 

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  1. Texicandog

    I think this time the sentence should be life w/possibility of parole after 25 years served. He skated on all those other charges and now someone died because he didn’t learn anything.

    1. TG

      The trouble with lenient courts is too many Ryan McLaughlins don’t appreciate or learn from their mistakes and continue to break the law until eventually they kill innocent people. No, I disagree with you that he should have a possibility of parole. Ryan McLaughlin didn’t make a mistake this time but killed somebody when he willfully got extremely drunk and drove his truck resulting in the death of Zulema Gonzalez and probably injured Alexis Almanza. This selfish little man will never learn respect for others and doesn’t deserve to ever be free again.

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