Texas Man Sentenced 50 Years For Drunken Driving Deaths

A Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to driving drunk and killing three members of a family.

A release from the Harris County District Attorney's Office said 27-year-old Jeremy Paul Valdez, of Tomball, was sentenced Thursday, four days into a jury trial.

He has three prior convictions for drunken driving.

The release said Valdez was driving a pickup truck at 106 mph in May 2016 when he ran a red light and smashed into a compact sedan carrying the family.

Valdez had a blood-alcohol content of nearly three times the legal limit.

Emilio Avila Blanco, Hilda Avila, and their 18-year-old son Mauricio Ramirez all died at the scene. The three were way home from picking up Ramirez's cap and gown to graduate from Klein Oak High School.

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