Habitual drunken driver sentenced to life term in Texas

Published on Friday, 20 December 2013 14:22 - Written by

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A 40-year-old woman who killed a man in a drunken-driving wreck has been sentenced to life in prison in the latest effort by prosecutors to seek more serious penalties against habitual offenders.

A jury in San Antonio sentenced Frances Rosalez Ford on Thursday following her earlier guilty plea to a murder charge.

The San Antonio Express-News reports she's the fourth person in Bexar County to have received a lengthy sentence due to a tactic by prosecutors to forgo some intoxication manslaughter charges for felony murder.

Ford caused the death three years ago of 38-year-old Lawrence Vigier Belcher. It was her third drunken-driving offense.

Defense attorney Monica Guerrero asked jurors for a 20-year term, saying it would have been the maximum sentence had Ford been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

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