Texan Blamed for 3 Traffic Deaths Gets Prison in DWI Case

A West Texas man awaiting trial over three deaths in an alcohol-related accident must serve a year in prison in an earlier drunken driving case.

The El Paso Times reports 25-year-old Joel Garcia Jr. was sentenced Monday in a plea deal on a misdemeanor DWI count.

Prosecutors say Garcia was arrested in April 2014 and his blood alcohol level was about twice the legal limit for driving.

A 2014 Christmas Eve wreck in El Paso killed two brothers and a woman whose car was struck by a vehicle that ran a red light. Both vehicles burst into flames.

Police say Garcia was driving one of the vehicles and was charged with three counts of intoxicated manslaughter.

The victims were Joshua and Isaiah Deal, plus Shannon Del Rio.

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