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Fatal DWI car wreck in San Antonio leads to 15 years behind bars

According to her defense attorney, 25-year-old Bethany Denman is not "the type of careless sociopath one might expect on a Mothers Against Drunk Drivers billboard," as Craig Kapitan reports for the Houston Chronicle.

Denman's lawyer asked for probation in a case in which his client caused a drunk driving accident that killed the 53-year-old mother of two sons.

Sociopath or not, the prosecutor in Denman's case said, "To get your blood-alcohol level up to 0.30 - that's unacceptable. There were numerous times when she could have made a decision that would have changed the entire course of things."

The judge seemed to agree with the prosecutor, sentencing Denman to 15 years in prison.

Denman had apparently been drinking heavily at a Chili's restaurant before she got in her car and drove the wrong way down a San Antonio road, hitting the 53-year-old mother's car head-on.

Denman had been a student at Sam Houston State University, as Kapitan reports, with a major in biology. She was planning on attending medical school and had recently taken the MCAT exam.

The prosecutor in her case argued that education level shouldn't determine whether or not she would get probation - it would send the "wrong message" - especially in a case involving a death due to drunk driving.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Conroe honors student gets prison in drunken driving death," by Craig Kapitan, 11/22/11

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