An accused drunken driver has received a 30-year prison sentence for a hit-and-run that killed a 13-year-old girl as she exited a school bus.
Thirty-two-year-old John Jacob Winne pleaded guilty Monday in
Houston and was sentenced to 30 years for intoxication manslaughter
and 10 years for failure to stop and render aid. He acknowledged that in 2008, he ran three stop signs and struck Nicole Lalime as came off a school bus.
State District Judge Joan Campbell said the prison terms are concurrent, and Winne will not be eligible for parole for at least 15 years. Valoree Lalime, the girl's mother, cried as she gave a statement in court. Winne's attorney Sean McAlister said his client was remorseful and called Lalime's death a tragedy.