Everyone outside of the courthouse Tuesday was shocked at what they considered the light sentence received by the daughter of a judge convicted of manslaughter. Her sentence: 8 years of probation and 120 days in jail served on the weekends beginning in December when she’s out of school. Some say Elizabeth Shelton got special justice in the deadly crash where invesitgators say she was driving while intoxicated. Here’s the full story. Leave your comments below on whether you believe she received special treatment:
The jury that found Elizabeth Shelton, the judge’s daughter, guilty Tuesday morning of driving drunk and causing a deadly wreck, gave her a sentence of eight years probation and 120 days in jail late in the afternoon.
The 120 days in jail is a condition of the sentence and it was uncertain when that would be served. If Shelton violates her probation, she automatically will be sent to five years in prison.
The 20-year-old Shelton, the daughter of District Judge Pat Shelton, was charged with intoxicated manslaughter after a fatal crash last Oct. 23 on the Southwest Freeway when she slammed her SUV into a freight cargo truck, killing her 19-year-old boyfriend, Matthew McNiece.
She could have been sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.
Shelton’s Lexus was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound in the 2300 block of the freeway when it crossed two lanes and hit the truck about 2 a.m., police said.
Police reported Shelton’s blood-alcohol level was 0.28, more than three times the legal limit for driving in Texas, when she was arrested.
Shelton’s lawyers told the court the accident was caused by the truck swerving into her lane. They had experts testify that her being intoxicated had nothing to do with the collision.