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Drunken driver sentenced to 12 years in prison

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Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 3:04 pm

GEORGETOWN — An Austin woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the drunken driving death of a Burnett man and injuring the mother of his unborn child.

Gabrielle Marie Urton pleaded guilty before a jury to intoxication manslaughter and aggravated assault. The jury convicted her of both crimes and assessed a punishment of 12 years in prison for manslaughter, 10 years in probation and a $5,000 fine for aggravated assault.

The charges stem from an accident on Feb. 4 last year on state Highway 29, about a mile west of Liberty Hill. Prosecutors said Urton drove her car head on into another car driven by Spring Elizbeth Leudke an 18-year-old Burnet High School graduate who was pregnant.

Leudke's boyfriend, Casey Ray Armendariz, also 18, who was a passenger in the car was killed in the crash and Luedke was seriously injured.

She gave birth to a healthy baby boy in April, prosecutors said.

District Attorney John Bradley said that state troopers determined Urton had been drinking at Bone Daddy's bar at U.S. Highway 183 and Duvall in Austin and then continued drinking at a friend's house.

The accident happened as Urton was traveling back to her home in south Austin, Bradley said in a press release.

Urton's blood/alcohol concentration was .18, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08, Bradley said.

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