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Fannin County man sent to prison for intoxicated manslaughter

Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 6:24 PM CDT
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BONHAM, Tex. (KXII) - A Fannin County man is headed to prison for killing three people in a drunk driving wreck last summer. How long he’ll spend there.

It’s been almost one year since an Ector man driving drunk crashed into a truck carrying a family of five. Three were pronounced dead at the scene; a mother, her 3-year-old son and her unborn child.

“It was an emotionally filled, it was pretty palpable in the courtroom. It was hard for everybody, it wasn’t an easy...both sides, you had family on both sides and everybody was heartbroken,” said Will Porter, Assistant District Attorney for Fannin County.

21-year-old Keagan Cannaday was indicted by a grand jury in November on five felony charges: three counts of intoxicated manslaughter and two counts of intoxicated assault.

Porter was prosecutor on the case, and said Cannaday crossed into the other lane on Highway 11 hitting the passenger side of the Sulphur Springs family’s truck.

“This could have been an absolute nightmare had it been a jury trail. So the fact that he came in, accepted responsibility, you made a very awful situation a little bit better because you didn’t have all of that tension, that unknown of whether or not they would get a conviction,” said Porter.

25-year-old Juana Alvarez who was seven months pregnant, and her 2-year-old son Lucas were killed. Husband, Arnulfo Alvarez and their 3-year-old son Andres survived the accident.

“Two of the family members actually testified .The surviving victim Arnulfo Alvarez, he testified. The mother of the deceased Juana’s mother, Mary Luna, she testified as well,” said Porter.

This week Cannaday faced the judge at the Fannin County courthouse and plead guilty. He was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. He’ll have to serve at least half that before he’s eligible for parole.

“They wanted to see some kind of justice for their family member. It was their daughter, it was their sister Juana. They wanted justice for her, they wanted justice for their grandson, Lucas, for their grandson Andres, for their unborn grandson Aiden. There’s no winners, everybody loses. Everybody loses in cases like this,” said Porter.

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