Drunk driver gets 40 years for killing Bonham couple

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. -- A man convicted of driving drunk and killing a Bonham couple was sentenced on Friday. Benjamin Floyd Lewis will serve 20 years in prison for each case of intoxication manslaughter.

The Fannin County District Attorney's Office says on November 15, 2006, Lewis was driving on Highway 121 at more than 100 miles per hour. They say he was just south of Trenton when he hit Jose Manuel Solis and Ofelia Solis head on.

Lewis had a blood alcohol level of more than three times the normal limit.

The Solis’ left behind 6 children.

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  • by Unknown Location: Bonham on Jul 30, 2007 at 08:49 AM
    This post is to chris in ok! i know u may be related to the murder but hey u must admit he killed two innocent people. Why did they have to give their lives for a Lewis? The Solis were noble people who left their six children to suffer. I know that ur thinking about urself but think about others that were affected as well. I knew the Solis and believe Lewis should've gotten way more time in jail so he can understand that he did wrong. Drinking and Driving is against the law and deserves to be punished!
  • by Phil Location: Sherman on Jul 29, 2007 at 07:28 PM
    Also myrt, I wonder if the sentences are running concurrent or consecutive.
  • by chris Location: ok on Jul 27, 2007 at 10:57 PM
    Yea most of you answer more Than 40 years until it happens to you!
  • by former Fannin County Resident Location: oklahoma on Jul 27, 2007 at 09:06 PM
    To myrt, the answer to your question is in the headline "drunk driver..." As a person who has seen many fatal accidents in my career as a firefighter/emt. Once again the drunk lived and others were killed, the sentence was not strong enough. The only important factor that affected his judgement was he choose to drink and drive, no matter his age it is against the law to drink and drive. In my thoughts if it was a first offense or not he broke the law and killed two people and left kids without parents. Mine and my familes prayers and thoughts are with the family of the people killed.
  • by B. Dogg Location: V.A., TX on Jul 27, 2007 at 07:16 PM
    The guy who killed those people should get the death penalty. Period. HE MURDERED THEM! DID YOU HEAR THAT: HE COMMITTED MURDER!! No questions asked. If you get drunk and get behind the wheel and kill INNOCENT PEOPLE that should be automatic death penalty. No questions asked!! That is true justice. This LOWLIFE LOSER PIECE OF TRASH HUMAN BEING that did this will probably serve 4 or 5 years then get out of jail and then kill another innocent couple after a heavy night of drinking. The drunk driving laws need to be changed and then you would see alot less INNOCENT FAMILIES DESTROYED BY DRUNK DRIVERS!!! Let me ask you this: What if your entire family was killed by a drunk driver? Would 40 years in jail sentence be okay with you? Innocent people MURDERED BY drunk drivers really saddens me.
  • by MR. X Location: TEXAS on Jul 27, 2007 at 05:23 PM
  • by myrt Location: grayson on Jul 27, 2007 at 04:12 PM
    the article leaves out pertinant info to answer survey. how old is the offender? were there other factors to affect his judgement? (diabetic,drugs,siezures,mental illness?) was this a first offence? or a life pattern? how does one replace parents? 2 lives? Probably not enough.
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