Man Gets 18 Years, Crash Killed Texas Officer

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) A driver blamed for a 2012 traffic accident that left an off-duty North Texas police officer dead has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

A jury in Cleburne on Monday ordered the penalty for 22-year-old Ricardo Espinoza of Alvarado. Espinoza last week pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident over last July's wreck in Venus.

Investigators say Espinoza was legally drunk when he drove his pickup truck into a motorcycle ridden by 25-year-old Dustin Dodson. The victim was a Lancaster police officer who was heading home after getting off work.

Espinoza was sentenced to 18 years in prison for intoxication manslaughter and 10 years for leaving the scene of the accident. The terms must be served concurrently.


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