For the first time in Bexar County, a jury has convicted a habitual drunken driver for felony murder instead of intoxication manslaughter for the death of a 10-year-old and her mother.
As a result, Christopher Lamar, 27, will serve 30 years in prison – more than the maximum sentence of 20 years for intoxication manslaughter.
On March 22, 2012, 28-year-old Jessica Rodriguez and her daughter, Kaylee Flores, were killed on I-10 and Fresno. Their Toyota Corolla had a flat and Rodriguez’s fiancé was changing the tire when their car was hit by a Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Lamar.
The penalty ranges for DWI are:
- Felony Murder – 1st degree felony: 5-99 years or life
- Intoxication manslaughter – 2nd degree felony: 2-20 years
- DWI 3rd or more – 3rd degree felony: 2-10 years