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Woman sentenced to prison for fatal DWI crash

A jury sentenced Herrera to 24 years in prison (SBG Photo)

SAN ANTONIO - 24 years. That's the sentence given to a San Antonio woman convicted in a deadly case of drunk driving.

Sylvia Herrera plead guilty to two counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault. She could be eligible for parole in half that time.

After three long years, Criselda Ramirez can finally breathe.

"We're happy, we're mad, we're sad all at the same time,” Ramirez said.

Life for the Ramirez family changed permanently June 20, 2015.

Ramirez' son, Nick, just turned 22. He and his girlfriend Lauren were on their way home from work when police said they were hit by a drunk driver.

Nick and Lauren were sitting in the back seat with their seatbelts on, but they both died at the scene.

Evidence during a trial this week showed that Herrera's blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Ramirez is still repeating a plea she first uttered after her son's death.

“Something has to change,” Ramirez said. “And we need to figure out what that is. I said it three years ago. I'm saying it now three years later nothing has changed."

The sentences will run consecutively, so one doesn't start until the first one finishes.

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