Woman gets two 15-year sentences for intoxication manslaughter - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Woman gets two 15-year sentences for intoxication manslaughter

Jeanne Perez, Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Jeanne Perez, Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office
Dwight and Trisha Griffith Dwight and Trisha Griffith

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock woman convicted of killing two people during a drunk driving accident receives her punishment.

"My child was taken from me and just snatched. I didn't get to say goodbye, I didn't get to say I love you. Nothing," says the victim Trisha Griffin's mother, Tammy Marshall.

Jeanne Perez faced up to 20 years on two counts of intoxicated manslaughter. Monday, Judge Cecil Puryear sentenced her to 15 years for each victim. She will serve both at the same time, and be eligible for parole after serving half of her sentence. The victim's family says the sentence was not tough enough and nothing Perez can do will changed the fact she killed their loved ones.  

"The actions of the defendant shattered a lot of lives that night, those are lives that can never be put back together," says District Attorney, Tom Brummett.

"One of the bad things on her side is she's got kids that are not going to get to see her mother except through bars," says Marshall.

Back on Saint Patrick's day March of 2009, Jeanne Perez's blood alcohol content was four time the legal limit. Perez made a choice that would change her life forever. Dash cam video show she headed westbound on 19th street going 68 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. She ran a red light and crashed into a couple headed south on University.

"There's nothing that ever could take that sorrow, take that pain away. Until you've lost a child you don't know what that pain is," said Marshall.

The newlyweds were Dwight 27, and his wife 23 year-old wife Trisha known to the family as Moose and TC. The family says the couple had dreams to someday have kids.

"I watched pictures of grandkids get passed around that belong to her. I'll never see pictures like that, I'll never get that compassion of grandkids," says Marshall.

Dreams shattered and lives taken. The only place Perez's family will see her now is behind bars.

"A door is closed, but it's still not a satisfaction. It's like we're going to a funeral all over again," says Marshall.

During sentencing Jeanne Perez's daughter mentioned Perez attended Alcohol Anonymous meetings and is remorseful for her actions.

The victim's family says they are heavily involved in Mothers Against Drunk Driving or MADD and they say the organs of both Dwight and Trisha were donated to give the gift of life to someone else.

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