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Sells Woman Gets Five Years for DUI Killing of Border Patrol Agent

A Sells woman was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday for a DUI crash that killed a U.S. Border Patrol Agent more than a year ago, reports the Arizona Daily Star.

Angela Mata’s car collided with Agent Michael Gallagher’s pickup truck in September 2010. Gallagher was immediately killed when the pickup rolled from the impact. Mata’s blood-alcohol content was found to be twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to the Daily Star.

Now, Mata will spend a significant amount of time in prison for her crime, as well as six months in a halfway house and three years on supervised release after her prison term is over. Although she was originally charged with negligent homicide, she struck a plea bargain with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter instead.

Typically, defendants will agree to a plea bargain with prosecutors in order to avoid a jury trial, possibly reduce their sentence, or receive other benefits. Although Mata’s plea added three years in prison to her possible sentence, she was able to avoid being charged with additional crimes, according to the Daily Star.

If you have been arrested for a DUI, you should consider speaking with an experienced DUI attorney about your case. He or she can provide more information about plea bargains and other legal defenses to DUI arrests.

In addition to her legal punishment, however, Mata will have to live with the fact that she killed a beloved family member and father. It is arguably the worst consequence of choosing to drink and drive.

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