A Denver, Colorado, woman who was drunk, high, and texting when she fatally struck a couple on a motorcycle was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday.
The Denver Post reported that Athina Munoz, 28, was high on marijuana during the Feb. 27, 2016, crash that claimed the lives of Brian Lehner, 58, and Jacquie Lehner, 56. The 28-year-old also had three times the legal limit of alcohol in her system.
Munoz was driving a 1997 Honda Accord when she crossed into oncoming traffic and struck Brian and Jacquie. CBS4 Denver reported the couple was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene.
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A trooper investigating the scene noted seeing “two empty alcohol bottles, a glass marijuana pipe, and raw marijuana in the vehicle,” according to KMGH-TV.
Munoz pled guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide in October. District Attorney George Brauchler claimed that despite the serious charges she is likely to only serve about five years, according to KDVR-TV.
Eligible for probation, Judge Shay Whitaker gave Munoz two consecutive 10-year sentences — four years less than the maximum the victims’ family was hoping for.
“Nothing prepares you for something like this — to lose the two most influential people in your life,” Jake Lehner, the victims’ son, said at sentencing. “All of that’s gone now…that’s all been stolen from me.”
“The thing I have been struggling with most is regret…I didn’t know I would never see them again…that’s what haunts me most,” Mark Lehner also said at sentencing.
Court documents obtained by KMGH-TV show that Munoz pled guilty to child abuse negligence and was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 24 months probation in April 2013.
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