A seasoned driver who was guilty of the guilt of the victim on Monday's conviction. He called the 23-year-old woman from Dallas who fatally beat his car and went last year & # 39; careless & # 39; dead on the street.
John Esparza, 31, of Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to crimes of manslaughter and not providing assistance in connection with the death of Rachel Spelman in March 2017.
When Esparza got the chance to talk before he learned his fate, he apologized to the Spelman family, but also claimed that he was not entirely responsible for her death because he said that the pedestrian at night walked in front of his car.
John Esparza, 31, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a fatal crash of 2017 after being the victim, 23-year-old Rachel Spelman, & # 39; carelessly & in the courtroom
Esparza & # 39; s damaged Honda Accord is seen as being towed away in the aftermath of the March 2017 disaster in Dallas
& # 39; I'm sorry she had to be so careless, & # 39; Esparza said. & # 39; We both have the debt. & # 39;
Dallas News reported that the sentencing session was attended by about twenty relatives of the victim, many of whom were loudly harking at Esparza's remarks.
As part of its impact statement, the Player read to her mother, Cheryl, aloud a letter that her daughter had written for her older self as a teenager and placed in a time capsule to be opened in the future.
Well, I hope that all your dreams have come true & # 39 ;, wrote Spelman. I hope that everything goes well and that nothing horrible is going on or has happened. & # 39;
Spelman, a recent transplant to Dallas, passed Cedar Springs Road shortly after 2 am on March 18, 2017, when she was mowed down by Esparza's black Honda Accord, who was doing 53 km / h in a 30 mph zone.
Spelman & # 39; s family, including her parents and sister (pictured together), gasped after hearing the defendant Rachel's fault before the crash
As part of its impact statement, Spelman's mother, Cheryl (left), read aloud a letter that her daughter had written to her older self as a teenager.
According to the police because the driver is driving too fast, Spelman probably did not see the car before she got on the road.
Espraza had drunk with his family that night, but claimed he was not drunk at the time of the accident.
He also insisted that he did nothing to try to cover up the collision after he had driven from the scene of the accident.
Prosecutors said Esparza returned to his home state of Oklahoma after leaving Spelamn for death on the streets, replacing his shattered windshield and leaving the car in a motel.
Later he claimed to the police that he had intended to surrender himself, but wanted to spend some time with his family.
Defarza's lawyer, Kyle Steele, repeated the words of his client during the court Monday and told the judge that the victim was partly responsible for her own demise because she was drunk when she decided to cross the street without using a pedestrian crossing.
Esparza drove 53 mph into a 30 mph zone when he hit Rachel as she crossed the street after a night out. He said he and she were responsible for what happened
The lawyer asked the judge to save his prison sentence and instead sentenced him to ten years probation.
The Prosecution asked for a maximum punishment, stating Espraza's history of arrests related to vehicle violations, including DUI and reckless driving, and especially his attitude & # 39;
Rachel graduated from Texas A & M and moved from Austin to Dallas for work in June 2016
The president has condemned the 31-year-old to 20 years for not stopping and giving help and 10 years over the cost of manslaughter, to walk simultaneously.
According to her obituary, Spelman was an Austin resident attending Texas A & M University, where she was a member of several honorary ceremonies and graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in Communications and Commerce in 2012.
Spelman had moved to work less than a year before her death to Dallas, CBS reported DFW. She is survived by her parents and younger sister, Katie, who have launched stock exchange funds in her memory.
"She took such a genuine, caring interest in everyone she encountered and touched the lives of them all deeply. Rachel loved her life and lived it to the fullest. & # 39;