Johnson County Man Gets 18 Years In Prison After Fatal DWI

Johnson County Man Gets 18 Years In Prison After Fatal DWI

Ricardo Espinoza22 year-old Ricardo Espinoza was sentenced to 18 years in prison by a Johnson County jury on June 3, 2013 after causing a fatal DWI incident that killed an off-duty police officer. The incident occurred on July 21, 2012 when Espinoza crashed into off-duty officer Dustin Dodson, who was riding his motorcycle in Venus, Texas. Espinoza plead guilty to one count of intoxication manslaughter with a deadly weapon as well as leaving the scene of a accident involving serious bodily injury or death.

At his sentencing hearing, Espinoza admitted to the jury that he had snorted methamphetamines, smoked marijuana and consumed several beers less than 24 hours before crashing into officer Dodson in the fatal DWI accident. According to police, Espinoza had a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .086% a couple of hours after the accident, with medical personnel testifying it was more likely to be .116% at the time of the accident. Dodson, who was the father of 3 young children, had just finished working a 12-hour shift and was on his way home the night he was killed. Since Espinoza had no prior felony convictions to the fatal DWI incident, the maximum prison sentence he could receive was 20 years and will be eligible for parole after only half that sentence. In addition to his prison sentence, Espinoza was also fined $10,000.

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