SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - A Grayson County jury sentenced Tripp Bird, the 21-year-old involved in a road rage crash that eventually led to the death of a Denison woman, to 7 years in prison Friday afternoon.
Tripp Bird exits a Grayson County courtroom Thursday afternoon after being found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and accident involving personal injury. (KXII).
Bird was found guilty Thursday on counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and accident involving personal injury for the crash that happened three years ago.
He and 22-year-old Joshua Haliburton are accused of forcing Jennifer Russell's boyfriend into a head-on collision after he spit on one of their cars for cutting them off.
Russell lost her leg and eventually died from complications from the wreck.
Bird faced up to 20 years in prison. The jury sentenced him to 7 years in prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and 10 years probation for accident involving injury. He will be eligible for parole after serving half of the 7-year prison sentence.
The victim's mother Lisa Barlow said Friday brought her some closure for her daughter's death, but her life is still forever changed.
"It was a hard case, but he did a horrific thing. You have a young man who has no criminal history, but he did a horrific thing. He really created these horrific injuries. She suffered for a long time, a year and a half." said Asst. District Attorney Don Hoover.
"There will always be pain because I lost my daughter and my best friend. And I'll always hurt for her children, but I will do the best I can to raise them like she wanted them raised." said Barlow.
Haliburton is scheduled to stand trial in January.