AUSTIN (KXAN) - A man received nine years in state prison today after a drunk driving crash left 43-year-old Randy Williams dead.
Jose Luis Sanchez pled guilty after crashing his truck into Williams's bedroom at an assisted living facility in south Austin, receiving a nine-year sentence.
Sanchez faced charges of intoxication manslaughter for killing Williams, intoxication assault for hitting the back of a motorcycle just moments before killing Williams, and two counts of failure to stop and render aid.
Williams was living at the facility after becoming a paraplegic after another drunk driving accident 35 years prior, when he was just 8 years old.
In his first drunk driving accident, he was thrown from the vehicle he was riding in, leaving him unable to speak, walk, and take care of his basic needs.
On Monday, his teacher and longtime guardian, Susan Riley, testified at Sanchez's sentencing.
After he was hit by the first drunk driver when he was 8, "He became a child and later a man with a good heart and soul, trapped in a body that no longer did his bidding," Riley said.
Riley touched on Sanchez's decision to drive drunk.
"In June of 2010, you made some really bad choices that resulted in the death of a truly innocent man. ... Your choices finally took his life. As he lay underneath a truck in his bedroom at his group home, I can only imagine the terror that he must have felt lying there."
Sanchez's lawyer, Perry Minton, said Sanchez understands the severity of what he did.
"It's the only time that I have had a 22-year-old boy own up and accept his sentence the way that this young man did," Minton said.
"I hope that Mr. Sanchez does get it," Riley said. "I get the feeling that he does -- that he's truly sorry, not just for himself, but also for our family."
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