Woman sentenced to 10 years behind bars in fatal DWI case

Mariana Campos-Jimenez was driving drunk in a crash that killed Gabriel Gallegos

On Monday, Campos-Jimenez told 437th District Court Judge Joel Perez that she was guilty. (Copyright 2024 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – A woman accused of driving drunk in a fatal 2020 crash was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday.

Mariana Campos-Jimenez was traveling the wrong way on Loop 1604 and Lockhill Selma Road in May 2020 when she crashed head-on with a vehicle driven by 44-year-old Gabriel Gallegos.

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Campos-Jimenez was charged with intoxication manslaughter and was expected to go to trial this week. Instead, she took a last-minute plea deal.

The case has gone back and forth in the judicial process, including a plea deal last summer that the defendant later withdrew.

On Monday, Campos-Jimenez told 437th District Court Judge Joel Perez that she was guilty.

“The blood alcohol was twice the legal limit, and that I caused the accident that killed Mr. Gabriel Gallegos. And, I take full responsibility for my actions. And I want his family to know that I’m deeply and truly sorry,” Campos-Jimenez said to Perez.

Per the plea deal, Campos-Jimenez could have been sentenced to a maximum of 12 years in prison, but Judge Perez gave her 10 years.

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