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20 Years In Prison For Valley Man In Double Fatality Drunk Driving Crash

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20 years in prison – the punishment handed down against a Penitas man who killed two people in a drunk driving wreck in Mission a little more than a year ago.

The McAllen Monitor reports a judge hit 29-year-old Mario Alberto Juarez with the maximum sentence for the charge of manslaughter. Juarez pleaded guilty to the charge.  In exchange, prosecutors dropped a second manslaughter count and two counts of intoxication manslaughter.

It was the evening of August 16th last year when Juarez, heading north on Shary Road, sped through a red light at 2 Mile Line. His Toyota Corolla plowed into a Chevrolet Cruze, killing the driver, 40-year-old Cynthia Quiroz of Mission, and also Juarez’s older brother who was riding with him.

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