Beaumont woman sentenced to 15 years for intoxication manslaughter

Susana Monjaraz Ortiz

UPDATE: Susana Ortiz stood before a judge and pleaded guilty for driving drunk and killing a passenger, Carlos Delatorre, 26. Ortiz was facing up to life in a Texas prison.

A deal was reached and Ortiz was sentenced to 15-years.

"It's not really a win for anybody she's going to prison and there's a person who's life was lost," Ortiz' attorney David Barlow said.

On June 27, Ortiz was behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit. Delatorre was the passenger. The Dodge Nitro spun out of control and hit a tree on the Eastex service road. Both were rushed to the hospital to treat injuries, however Ortiz would only survive.

"It certainly turned out for her a lot better than it could have turned out otherwise but nobody wins in a case like this." Barlow said.

Ortiz will be eligible for parole in seven years.


PREVIOUS: A 26-year-old Beaumont woman is headed to prison after she was handed a 15-year sentence Monday for a deadly crash in 2017.

Susana Monjaraz Ortiz pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter in the June 27 death of Carlos Delatorre.

Police say Susana Monjaraz Ortiz's blood alcohol content level was three times the legal limit when she drove the 2008 Dodge Nitro northbound on the Eastex service road.

Ortiz lost control of the car and hit a tree on the passenger side, where Delatorre was sitting, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Delatorre was found unconscious inside the Dodge Nitro. He was taken in critical condition to CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital, where he later died.

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