Sanchez gets 20 years for bus driver’s death; victim’s sister reacts to sentence

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Felipe Sanchez Jr.

Felipe Sanchez Jr.

With the bang of a gavel, the family of a San Benito Consolidated Independent School District bus driver killed last February received the closure they have long sought.

Oralia Espinoza, 34, reacted Tuesday to the sentencing of Felipe Sanchez Jr., who pled guilty to intoxication manslaughter in the death of her brother, Juan Luis Espinoza, 38, with bittersweet sentiments. On Tuesday, inside Judge Benjamin Euresti’s 107th State District Court, Sanchez was sentenced to 20 years in prison for intoxication manslaughter and two years for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle—both terms will be served concurrently as per state law.

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