Victim's family speaks at sentencing of Jason Chad White

Victim's family speaks at sentencing of Jason Chad White
Meagan Rough was 19
Meagan Rough was 19
Jason Chad White after sentencing, Apr. 30
Jason Chad White after sentencing, Apr. 30

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Jason Chad White has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the intoxication manslaughter death of Meagan Rough.

White pleaded guilty to the charge on Tuesday and the jury deliberated for a little over three hours on Thursday.

Victim statements were presented after the sentence.

Meagan's grandmother said, "We were not done making memories with her, but you, Jason Chad White, took that from us. You murdered my granddaughter with your truck. I hope you think about her every day of your life. The pain for Meagan's family is forever."

Meagan's mom Keri read statements from Meagan's friends and sorority sisters. They said, "We replay voicemails just to hear her voice again."

Meagan's mother said, "We believe your family is a good family, we believe your father is a good man, you have nothing but time to make a change, you have to make that change..."

"That first Christmas, December 25th, 2012, as her brother opened his Christmas gifts alone, I wanted to hate you, I wanted you to die and burn in Hell, but I can tell you now I have given this to the Lord."

"She would want you to grow from this; she knew you. Shame on you, do something about it."

Meagan's father Kevin said, "I would venture to say you were suicidal and homicidal that night - complete disregard for anyone, anyone in your car, anyone you encountered. In my mind, you murdered my daughter, you took my little girl, my only little girl. Your family got to go home that night, we got home to a bag of bloody clothes."

Police say White, who was a 19-year-old Tech student at the time, was drunk and speeding when he smashed into the back of the car Rough was riding in. Testimony Tuesday morning revealed that White was approaching speeds near 80 miles per hour.

The force of the impact ejected Rough from the car, even though she was wearing a seat belt.

Two other people were seriously injured.

The collision happened in December of 2012 on Glenna Goodacre Blvd.

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