A woman whose husband and unborn child died when a drunk driver slammed into their car has shamed their killer in an emotional victim's statement when confronting her in court.
US broadcaster KWTX-TV reports Shana Elliott was sentenced to seven years in prison for one count of intoxication manslaughter, and sentenced to 10 years' community service for injuring a pregnant woman in the August, 2016 crash in Texas.
Authorities say Elliott was driving home from a day at the river when her car veered across the centre line and collided with another vehicle, killing Fabian Guerrero-Moreno, of Bryan, and injuring his pregnant wife, Kristian Guerrero.
Elliott had pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter. She apologised from the witness stand on Thursday, saying she knows she made “the worst decision ever.”
After the sentencing on Friday, victim Ms Guerrero gave an emotional impact statement.
“Don’t cry. Don’t cry," she said.
During the statement, Ms Guerrero made it clear she doesn't think Elliott is remorseful.
“You have shown you’re incapable of remorse. I don’t buy your crocodile tears or the sweet little innocent girl they try to portray you to be," she said, holding back her emotions.
"You’re a monster and you’re not sorry for what you’ve done. You’re sorry because it landed you right there. You’re sorry because you got caught.
“I don’t care about your troubled childhood. I had one, too. It’s no coincidence you haven’t seen my mother and my biological father in this courtroom since this trial has started. I grew up messed-up, too."
"I didn’t have anyone coming to my rescue to bail me out of anything. I had to grow up fast. My husband, his family came over here with nothing. They worked day in and day out for their family.
“Did you see us out there doing anything illegal? Did you see us out there selling drugs? Did you see us out there murdering people? No. And that’s the difference between you and me.”
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During Elliott's testimony, prosecutors showed the jury the liquor bottle found in her car and a large bag of marijuana that was found at her home.
Elliott admitted to being addicted to heroin at one time, she said she smoked marijuana, but never did meth. She says after a previous arrest for drugs she had plans to sober up.
She was on probation for those drug possession charges when the crash happened.
Elliot claimed she had a rough childhood and was emotionally abused by her stepfather. Her attorney urged jurors to take her difficult upbringing into account in their decision.