Convicted Felon on Probation for Manslaughter Sent to Prison
SAN ANGELO,TX -- A convicted felon on probation for intoxicated vehicular manslaughter who made the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list when he violated his probation last year was sentenced to prison Monday in an emotionally charged court hearing where the victim's mother read a victim impact statement to the court.
James Russell White, now 47, pleaded guilty in June 2011 to one count of intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle and one count of manslaughter in connection with the death of a San Angelo woman. According to court documents, White was driving his vehicle with a blood alcohol content of at least .08 in excess of 70 mph in a 30 mph zone when he lost control. The victim was ejected and killed during the crash.
White entered a guilty plea on each count in a plea bargain that sentenced him to ten years in prison but probated his sentence for ten years. He served eight years of his probation.
White made headlines last October when the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office added him to its most wanted list. The District Attorney's office filed a motion to revoke his probation after he was charged with driving while intoxicated, used alcohol and broke his curfew while he was living in Pennsylvania.
In a deal reached with prosecutors White was sentenced to five years in prison by District Judge Carmen Dusek with credit for time served.
The victim's mother told the court that at least White won't kill anyone else.
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