Houston Man Sentenced for Intoxication Manslaughter
Posted on Aug 20, 2009
Vicente Jesus Ramirez, a 30-year-old Houston man, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for intoxication manslaughter. Ramirez was convictd by a jury in Fort Bend County for his involvement in a head-on collision that occurred two years ago and claimed the life of Ronald Dobson.
The skid marks at the accident scene indicated that Ramirez hit Dobson head-on, even though Dobson tried to avoid the collision. According to the evidence, it appeared as though Ramirez did nothing to try to avoid the tragic Houston drunk driving accident.
Dobson was taken to Ben Taub Hospital where he later died.
Ramirez had a blood-alcohol level of .30 at the time of the accident, which is nearly four times the legal limit in Texas. His BAC was presented as evidence during the trial.
Ramirez said that he had been drinking earlier at a restaurant and had consumed five 23 ounce beers. He admitted to trying to pass another vehicle.
“The victim’s family lost a husband, father and grandfather due to this defendant’s careless actions. The strength of the evidence and testimony resulted in a guilty verdict, a 10 year sentence and this community’s decisive opinion on driving while intoxicated,” said Assistant District Attorney Chris Delozier.
Ramirez’s charge was a second-degree felony, which carries a 2-20 year prison term and a fine up to $10,000.