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Florida Drunk Driver Sentenced in DUI Manslaughter

By Law Office of Maria L. Rubio  Sep. 4, 2013 2:36p

A 20 year-old man, A. C., was sentenced to six years in prison for killing a pair of newlyweds in a car crash in Orlando in June of this year. The couple had stopped their car at a red light when A. C. rear-ended them, killing the 24 year-old woman instantly. Her 30 year-old husband died two days later in a local hospital. A.C.'s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was still three times the legal limit four hours after the crash. He was apparently so intoxicated that he did not know he had been in an accident and thought he was being pulled over for speeding. According to news reports, he did not stop after slamming into the couple at high speeds of between 80 and 100 miles per hour. He was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of DUI manslaughter.

A.C. could have been sentenced to up to 30 years in prison which is the maximum sentence in Florida for DUI manslaughter. According to the Florida DMV, 33,625 DUI convictions occurred in the state in 2011. In 2010, Miami-Dade experienced 2,274 DUI convictions. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) estimates that 30 percent of all traffic deaths in the state are alcohol-related. In Florida, those drunk drivers who wind up killing another may be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison and / or fines of up to $10,000. DUI manslaughter is charged as a second-degree felony in the state.

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